Brandon Hammond, TRiO Upward Bound academic advisor at Smith-Cotton High School for State Fair Community College, has been elected to serve as president-elect for the MO-KAN-NE (Missouri-Kansas-Nebraska) Board of Directors.

MO-KAN-NE is a regional chapter of the national TRIO professional organization.


Hammond will serve a three-year appointment to the board as president-elect, president and past president. He will chair and coordinate the chapter’s 2023 Annual Conference. Additionally, Hammond will chair the Membership and Certification Committee and serve as a member of the Educational Opportunity Association (EOA) Board of Directors.


MO-KAN-NE is one of the 10 regional associations in the United States that form the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) that represents TRIO programs nationwide.

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The association provides its members with professional development and resources, sets professional standards in the field, and promotes equal access to higher education. About 140 TRIO programs in the MO-KAN-NE region serve more than 43,000 participants.

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