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Since creating the position in July, Lincoln University's Board of Curators has welcomed two curators emeriti to advise its members — Greg Gaffke and Marvin Teer Jr.

Gaffke was named Lincoln's first curator emeritus — the board having awarded the status to him in September.

Teer was awarded curator emeritus status at the Board of Curators' meeting earlier this month.

LU curators are appointed by the Missouri governor and confirmed by the state Senate.

Curators emeriti are former curators who are invited back to serve in an advisory role and keep around the experience and knowledge they'd otherwise leave with.

Curators emeriti do not have a vote, do not participate in closed session meetings, can serve on board committees but cannot chair them, and are eligible to be invited to serve in the role after serving a full term of six years on the board.

"The Curator Emeritus distinction may be extended within 12 months before or after the retirement or expiration of the term of a board member," LU spokeswoman Misty Nunn added in a news release last month.

Nunn said all curators emeriti are included in all official documents where the Board of Curators is listed.

Gaffke, the "premiere honoree," graduated from Lincoln with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He was in 2002 appointed to the Board of Curators by Gov. Bob Holden, reappointed by Gov. Matt Blunt in 2008 and served through January 2020.

Gaffke served as treasurer on the board for four one-year terms, two terms as vice president, once as president from 2007-08 and six times as secretary from 2014-20.

In his career outside LU, Gaffke served as the public relations and market development manager for CenturyLink between 2002 and his retirement in 2012, and was president and CEO for the Midwest Automotive Industry Association from 1977-2002.

He has been active throughout the Jefferson City community, serving in roles with organizations including the Missouri and Jefferson City chambers of commerce, Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau, Great Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Foundation, Jefferson City YMCA, Jefferson City West Rotary, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Jefferson City Public Schools and the Cole County Sheriff's Posse.

Teer, of St. Louis, was appointed to LU's Board of Curators in 2006, according to a profile on LU's website from when he was previously president of the Board of Curators; he left the board this year.

Teer, of St. Louis, graduated from Lincoln with a bachelor's degree and earned a juris doctorate law degree from the University of Missouri.

He has been a judge for the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations' Division of Worker's Compensation, director and general counsel for the Department of Economic Development's Office of Community Engagement, senior counsel in the Office of the Governor, a St. Louis municipal judge, a St. Louis assistant circuit attorney in the homicide division and a lawyer in private practice.

Teer has also been an assistant city counselor in St. Louis, an assistant attorney general in the Eastern District of Missouri, a counselor for the Supreme Court of Missouri, an assistant attorney general for the state's Office of the Attorney General and a private litigation attorney.

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