Gov. Mike Parson has announced the appointment of Mel Tjeerdsma to Northwest Missouri State University’s Board of Regents.

Tjeerdsma earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Southern State College in 1967 and a master’s degree from Northwest in 1977. He will fill the board seat of Dr. Patrick Harr for a term scheduled to end Jan. 1, 2025. Harr’s term expired Jan. 1 of this year, but he continued to serve on the Board through Aug. 9.

Tjeerdsma served as Northwest’s director of athletics from the spring of 2013 until retiring last April. During that time, Northwest captured four NCAA Division II national championships, 11 MIAA regular season titles and six MIAA tournament titles.

He was the head football coach at Northwest from 1994 to 2010 and led the Bearcats to a 183-43 record. A member of several halls of fame, Tjeerdsma was inducted last December into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Tjeerdsma can begin serving immediately but his appointment to the board must be confirmed by the Missouri Senate to become official.

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