Governor Names A&S Alumnus to Health and Educational Facilities Panel

Jeffrey D. Byrne
Jordan Yount
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College of Arts & Science
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Political Science

Governor Jay Nixon has appointed Jeffrey Byrne, BA ’83, to the Missouri Health and Educational Facilities Authority (MoHEFA). The seven-member board provides access to capital markets in an effort to lower the cost of health and educational services in Missouri by providing high-quality, readily available, low-cost financing alternatives for Missouri public and private, nonprofit health, and educational institutions.

Byrne is president and CEO of Jeffrey D. Byrne and Associates Inc., a fundraising and consulting firm with offices in Kansas City and four other cities in the U.S. that specializes in capital and endowment campaigns. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science in 1983 and established the Jeffrey D. Byrne Scholarship in Political Science in 2007. Byrne also serves on the MU Political Science Alumni Board.

In his role as a member of MoHEFA, Byrne brings expertise as a liaison between nonprofits, donors, and the financial business sector. For more than 25 years, he has worked with healthcare and educational institutions across the country on capital and development efforts.

Byrne also serves as chair of The Giving Institute, whose member firms provide ethical delivery of counsel and related services to nonprofits through research, advocacy, and best practices education. The institute's annual publication, Giving USA, is the most influential publication reporting on the sources and uses of longitudinal giving data in the United States.

The governor has appointed Byrne for a term on MoHEFA ending July 30, 2019. The Missouri Senate Gubernatorial Appointments Committee approved his nomination Feb. 4.

"This appointment is not only a great honor, but a great responsibility," says Byrne. "It reaffirms my commitment to being a steward of nonprofit missions. My role with MoHEFA will help ensure nonprofits have access to a valuable financing resource to help them achieve their strategic goals and better serve individuals, families, and communities while continuing to improve the health and educational landscape of our great state."

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