Jay B. Knudtson of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, was appointed to the Board of Regents in January 2013 by Missouri Governor Jeremiah “Jay” Nixon to serve a six-year term expiring January 1, 2019. Knudtson served as President of the Board of Regents from March 2015 through December 2017.
Knudtson, former mayor of Cape Girardeau and a 2006 recipient of Southeast’s prestigious Vandiver Show Me State Award, is executive vice president of First Missouri State Bank and a member of the executive team that launched the bank in 2002. He currently serves as the chief lending officer and bank board director. He previously served for nearly 12 years as senior vice president of Bank of America in Cape Girardeau. Knudtson was born and raised in Minnesota and has spent most of his professional career living and working in Cape Girardeau.
Knudtson has attended the Graduate School of Banking in Boulder, Colorado; the Graduate School of Real Estate Finance in Dallas, Texas; and the University of Minnesota.
He served as Chairman of the Board on the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce in 2015 and was the recipient of the prestigious Rush H. Limbaugh Award in that same year. He is also past treasurer and executive board member of the Cape Girardeau Chamber. He also is chairman of the Transamerica Corridor, past chairman of the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Board, past president of the Cape Girardeau Noon Lions Club and past member of the Easter Seals Board. He served as chairman of the Cape Girardeau Area Magnet Board of Directors and on the Homeland Security Committee for the State of Missouri.
Knudtson and his wife, Cindy, are the parents of a son, Gunnar.