Sunday, April 29, 2012

Rep. Kris Hansen Named to WICHE’s Legislative Advisory Committee

HD 33 Representative Kris Hansen

Press release from WICHE April 24, 2012

WICHE’s LAC is committed to higher education legislative issues in the West

Boulder, Colorado — Representative Kris Hansen has recently been named to the Legislative Advisory Committee (LAC, of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Created in 1995, the LAC works to strengthen state policymaking in higher education in the West by engaging legislators in the discussion of higher education issues and seeking their input on strategies for interstate collaboration.

“I’m very much looking forward to serving on the LAC,” says Representative Hansen, whose term on the committee, which meets annually, will last three years. “It will be a great opportunity to contribute to a productive conversation about higher education in the West and to learn from my legislative colleagues in other states.”

Representative Hansen, along with Montana’s other LAC members – Senator Kim Gillan and Senator Bob Lake – was appointed by Montana’s delegation to the WICHE Commission: Clayton Christian, Montana’s commissioner of higher education; State Senator Kim Gillan; and Sheila Stearns, Montana’s commissioner of higher education emerita.

“Higher education in the West is at a critical juncture,” says WICHE President David Longanecker. “We need to respond to increasing demands, and now that budgets are beginning to rebound, we need to think deliberately about how we move forward in this region. Montana’s leadership in Lumina-funded work aimed at boosting higher education productivity places it in a unique position to explore new ways to improve higher education in the West. Representative Hansen and the state’s other LAC members will be invaluable in helping WICHE and its members move forward.”

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education ( and its 15 mem¬ber states work collaboratively to expand educational access and excellence for all citizens of the West. By promoting innovation, cooperation, resource sharing, and sound public policy among states and institutions, WICHE strengthens higher education’s contributions to the region’s social, economic, and civic life. WICHE’s 15 member states include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colo¬rado, Hawai’i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.


  1. The Corrector received this press release from WICHE on April 24 and after not seeing it in the local paper after a week of waiting we have decided to publish it ourselves. Don’t you think our local newspaper should at least keep us informed as to what our local representatives are up to? This release was sent to local media but it would appear they don’t think Havre voters need to know. Wouldn’t you think at the very least people affiliated with our local school system would be interested in knowing that a local elected representative will represent them on this advisory committee?

  2. Finally we have someone that actually represents us and not just her political party. Education appointments like this rarely go to republicans.

    She also voted to protect my second amendment and hunting rights so I will be voting for this lady again

  3. Well done Representative Hansen

  4. This brings up yet another question. Why didn’t I see this in the Havre Daily if the press release was sent out last week as you claim? Could it have anything to do with their reporter biases like when they drug her through the mud on the front page a month or so ago in the unsubstantiated hit piece?