CMU Welcomes Three New Trustees

Burton, Shelton, and RichmondCentral Methodist University’s board of trustees has welcomed three new members and two who are returning to the board.

President Roger Drake said the new members are Doug Burton, ’67, a retired business executive from Loch Loyd, Mo.; Jacque Richmond, ’83, a vice president with Mercy Health from St. Charles, Mo.; and Dr. Jay Shelton of Columbia, ’86, an anesthesia faculty member at the University of Missouri.

Burton grew up in Brunswick, Mo., and graduated from Central Methodist with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is a member of the Chi Delta fraternity, and played basketball. He is a fourth generation Central Methodist alumnus, and served as the grand marshal in the Homecoming parade in 2018.

He started working part time for Westlake Ace Hardware in 1969 and spent his entire career there, retiring in 2009 as executive vice president of marketing and development.

Richmond is vice president-deputy general counsel for Mercy Health, where she oversees legal services and legal personnel across the Mercy Health ministry. She is active in community service and non-profit governance, serving on the boards of MidAmerica Transplant Services Foundation, Mitrata Nepal Foundation for Children, Mercy Health Center, Mercy Family Center, Conference and Retreat Center, and Rise Law Institute.

After earning a degree in English and philosophy at Central Methodist, she earned a law degree with honors from Saint Louis University School of Law. Prior to her work at Mercy Health, she practiced antitrust law for the international law firm now known as Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

Shelton is originally from Rolla, Mo., and graduated from Central Methodist with a bachelor’s in biology. He earned his M.D. in 1990 at the University of Missouri. Shelton served as a partner at Mid-Missouri Anesthesia Consultants, PC in Jefferson City prior to assuming his current role as an assistant professor of clinical anesthesia at Mizzou.

Returning to the board this year after a year away are Louann Shaner, ’70, from Chicago; and Robert Anderson from Denton, Texas. After two consecutive terms, CMU trustees cycle off the board for a year before returning.

In addition, trustees Kathy Vieth, Niki Scott, Kellie Platz, and Shelby Alexander all have recommitted for a second term.