A Kansas Senate oversight committee Wednesday confirmed three people nominated by Gov. Jeff Colyer to serve on the state’s higher education governance board.

Former state Rep. Mark Hutton, an Andover businessman, and former state Sen. Allen Schmidt, of Hays, were granted permission by the Senate Confirmation Oversight Committee to begin work on the Kansas Board of Regents.

The Senate committee, which can act when the Legislature is out of session, confirmed Garnett resident Bill Feuerborn, a former Kansas House member, to a second term on the board.

Hutton and Schmidt replaced Joe Bain of Goodland and Zoe Newton of Sedan.

When announcing the nominations in October, Colyer said the Board of Regents had an important duty to prepare university and community college students for building the state’s economic future.

“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,” Colyer said.

Feuerborn is a graduate of Pittsburg State University. Hutton has an engineering degree from Kansas State University. Schmidt graduated from the University of Kansas, Fort Hays State University and the U.S. Army War College.