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Mike Nietzel, right, announces his plans to join Gov. Nixon's staff in April 2010, alongside Gov. Jay Nixon.SBJ File Photo
Mike Nietzel, right, announces his plans to join Gov. Nixon's staff in April 2010, alongside Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Nietzel becomes full-time policy adviser for Nixon

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Mike Nietzel, former president of Missouri State University, has been named as a full-time senior policy adviser for Gov. Jay Nixon's administration, effective Aug. 1.

Nietzel will work out of the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, according to a news release from the governor's office.

Nietzel - who was named MSU president in July 2005 and stepped down at the end of the 2010 spring semester - joined Nixon's staff in April 2010 as a part-time policy adviser on higher education and workforce readiness, according to Springfield Business Journal archives.

Both Nietzel and officials from Nixon's office could not be reached for comment by deadline.

Nietzel, who made a salary of $267,372 as MSU president and $160,423 as a psychology professor for the school following his tenure as president, will take a salary of $100,000 for his full-time role in Nixon's office, according to reporting from KY3.

Tim Daugherty, head of the MSU Department of Psychology, said Nietzel is retiring from his position at the university this summer and will not be returning to teach in the fall.

"I understand, however, that the citizens of the state will continue to benefit from Nietzel’s expertise and leadership through upcoming service on the governor’s staff," Daugherty said via e-mail.

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