A Hays man has been appointed to the Kansas Board of Regents, Gov. Jeff Colyer announced Thursday.

Colyer, a Hays native, appointed Allen Schmidt, farmer and planned giving officer for Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas, along with Mark Hutton, CEO of Hutton Construction Corp., Wichita, to the nine-member board. He also re-appointed William Feuerborn to the board.

The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Kansas Senate and are four-year terms.

“Our higher education institutions play an important role in educating the next generation, which keeps our workforce and economy strong,” Colyer said in a release.

“The Regents ensure that the future of our state remains bright and prosperous by keeping our higher education system on track to meet these long-term goals. Bill, Allen and Mark bring a great amount of experience and talent to the board and I am excited they’ve agreed to serve our great state.”

“I’m excited to welcome Allen and Mark to the Board and congratulate Bill on his reappointment,” KBOR Chair Dennis Mullin said. “It’s an honor to serve our fellow Kansans in this capacity. I look forward to working with our newest Regents to support families, businesses and the Kansas economy through our higher education system.”

Schmidt is a retired U.S. Army colonel and served as a state senator from 2011 to 2013. He also is owner with his family of Resurrection Vineyard.

He has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Kansas, a master’s in psychology from Fort Hays State University and a master of science from the U.S. Army War College.

The Board of Regents is the governing board of the six state universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions, which also includes Washburn University, 19 community colleges and six technical colleges.

The board also administers the state’s student financial aid, the Kan-ed network, adult education, GED, career and technical education programs and the state university retirement plan. In addition, members of the board are also responsible for approving private proprietary school and out-of-state institutions to operate in Kansas.