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Rep. Swan to Speak at MAC Commencement May 11

Rep. Swan resides in Cape Girardeau with her husband of 41 years, Reg. They have two children who work in the family business, Regan and Maria, and a granddaughter, Sonnie Kathryn.
Mineral Area College’s commencement ceremonies at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, will feature an address by Missouri Rep. Kathryn “Kathy” Swan, R-147th District.
The ceremonies will also salute several outstanding students who have shown great academic and community achievement.
MAC President Dr. Steve Kurtz said he is pleased Rep. Swan has agreed to speak to the impending graduates, faculty, staff, and assembled guests.
“Rep. Swan has been a friend to higher education in Missouri for such a long time, having served on a variety of commissions, councils and organizations that impact Missouri education as we know it today,” he said.
Rep. Swan, a Republican, represents Cape Girardeau and part of Cape Girardeau County (District 147) in the Missouri House of Representatives. 

She is president of JCS Wireless, a small wireless communications company with offices in Cape Girardeau and Perryville in Missouri and Chester, Ill. She has also worked in a variety of nursing areas including progressive care, employee health, infection control, administrative supervision, and as a clinical instructor.

Currently, she serves as a board member of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Missouri Family and Community Trust Board, Board of Governors of Show Me State Excellence in Public Service Series and the Missouri Congressional Awards Council, appointed by Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson. 

Rep. Swan was elected to the General Assembly in November 2012. Previous elected offices include Cape Girardeau Board of Education, Cape Girardeau City Council, and Missouri Republican Party State Committeewoman. She served over nine years on the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education, initially appointed by Gov. Bob Holden and reappointed by Governors Matt Blunt and Jay Nixon, and served two terms as board chair.

Previous state board service includes the Missouri METS Coalition (Math, Engineering, Technology and Science), Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority (MOHELA) and State P-20 Council. She is a former commissioner of the Senate Reapportionment Commission appointed by Gov. Nixon, former commissioner of the Cape Girardeau 

Other board experience includes Southeast Missouri P20 Council, Cape Girardeau Partnership for Higher Education, Southeast Missouri State University Symphony, Southeast Missouri State Catholic Campus Ministry and United Way of Southeast Missouri. 

Actively involved with numerous local community service groups for many years, Rep. Swan has been instrumental in the formation the Cape Girardeau Partnership for Higher Education, a collaborative educational initiative involving Southeast Missouri State University, Mineral Area College, Three Rivers College, Southeast Health, and Cape Public Schools to provide greater access to lower division post-secondary coursework in Cape County.

She has also been acutely involved in creating the GRACES Women’s Leadership Team of the United Way, in founding the SEMO P20 Council and development of the Leadership Cape program. While serving on her local school board, she became the first MSBA “certified” board member and was successful in updating and maintaining uniform board policy books throughout the district. 

She has been honored as the commencement speaker for Southeast Missouri State University, Three Rivers College, St. Charles Community College and North Central Missouri College. Most recently, she served as the Faculty-in-Residence for the Women in Public Life 2012 Leadership Academy at UMSL. 

A graduate of Central High School in Cape Girardeau, Rep. Swan earned an associate degree in nursing and bachelor’s degree in nursing from Southeast Missouri State University. In addition, she has completed over 30 hours in business management, finance, accounting, economics and marketing. She attends St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, serving as a church organist, pianist and flutist. 

Rep. Swan resides in Cape Girardeau with her husband of 41 years, Reg. They have two children who work in the family business, Regan and Maria, and a granddaughter, Sonnie Kathryn.


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