The Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), one of four statutorily-created interstate compacts, was founded in 1991 and serves Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
MHEC contributes to the vitality of the Midwest by enhancing member states ability to maximize higher education opportunity and performance through collaboration and resource sharing.
We deliver this promise through three core functions of student access, cost savings and policy research that
promote improved student access, affordability and completion;
reduce operational costs;
analyze public policy and facilitate information exchange;
enhance regional higher education cooperation and dialogue; and
encourage quality programs and services.
Each member state appoints five individuals to a 60-member governing body of legislators, higher education leaders, and governors representatives. Member state obligations, program fees, and foundation grants finance MHEC activities and support initiatives to increase regional collaboration and achieve outcomes that could not be realized by institutions and systems acting independently.
Larry Isaak, 2011-Present
David Murphy, 1991-2002
Bob Kustra, 2002-2003
Lana Oleen, 2003 (Interim)
Larry Isaak, 2003-2010
Lana Oleen, 2010-2011 (Interim)
Past Commission Chairs
Sen. William Sederburg (MI), 1991-1994
Sen. Sandra Scofield (NE), 1994-1996
Rep. Lyndon Carlson (MN), 1996-1998
Mr. Jerry Blakemore (IL), 1998-2000
Sen. Brian Rude (WI), 2000-2002
Sen. Lana Oleen (KS), 2002-2004
Dr. James H. McCormick (MN), 2004-2005
Sen. Teresa Lubbers (IN), 2005-2006
Dr. William Napier (OH), 2006-2007
Sen. Charlie Shields (MO), 2007-2008
Dr. William Goetz (ND), 2008-2009
Rep. Pam Byrnes (MI), 2009-2010 Mr. Robert N. Downer (IA), 2010-2011 Sen. Jeff Haverly (SD), 2011-2012