Missouri News: Governor Mike Parson Makes Appointment to Fill Vacancy on Conservation Commission

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (STL.News) – Missouri Governor Mike Parson today announced an appointment to fill the vacancy on the Conservation Commission.

Barry Orscheln, of Columbia, was appointed to the Conservation Commission

Mr. Orscheln is the Chairman and CEO of Orscheln Industries, a privately-owned, third generation business organization, headquartered in Moberly, Missouri.  The company has global annual sales in excess of $500 million and employs more than 3,500 employees.  Mr. Orscheln began his career with Orscheln in 1977 and has served as its CEO for the past 29 years.  The Orscheln’s group of diversified companies is engaged in manufacturing, retail, commercial real estate development, and other businesses.  Mr. Orscheln graduated from Central Methodist College in 1972 with degrees in Business Administration and Economics.  He has served with numerous community, statewide, and national organizations, including as Chairman of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, Chairman of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, and as Chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Food and Agriculture Committee.

Governor Parson also announced three other appointments to a Council and a Commission

Thomas Kuypers, of St. Charles, was appointed to the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

Mr. Kuypers holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi and received his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Wyoming. He worked as System Engineering Manager at Boeing before his retirement. Mr. Kuypers also spent several years in the U.S Army, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He has experience serving as the Vice Chairman of the St. Charles City Historic Landmarks Preservation and Architectural Review Board and as a member of the Board of Directors of the St. Charles County Historical Society.

Kenneth Schmidt, of Bonne Terre, was reappointed to the Missouri Propane Safety Commission.

Mr. Schmidt is currently the Owner/President of GWS Contractors, a commercial plumbing, mechanical, and site work corporation in Bonne Terre.  He took over as President in 1998 after serving in other roles with the company since 1991.  Mr. Schmidt is also the Owner/President of Jer-Cor Constructors in Bonne Terre.  His previous career experience included 14 years as foreman for a plumbing company in St. Louis.

Dr. Robert Paul Wiegers, of Fayette, was appointed to the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

Dr. Wiegers holds a Doctorate in Anthropology from the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU).  Before receiving his Doctorate, he graduated with a Master of Arts in Anthropology from MU and a Masters of Arts in Education from Boston University.  Mr. Wiegers has been a Professor of History at Central Methodist University since 1989, earning several grants and publications for his scholastic work.  He served several years with the U.S. Army and nearly two decades with the Missouri National Guard.