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President Floyd appoints John Gardner as UM vice president for research and economic development


University of Missouri President Elson S. Floyd announced Aug. 25 the appointment of John C. Gardner as UM vice president for research and economic development. Gardner, who currently serves as associate dean of research and outreach in the UM-Columbia College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, will begin his new duties Oct. 1, 2005. In his new role, Gardner will coordinate the University of Missouri's statewide activities in the critical areas of research and economic development. "I am convinced that the University of Missouri and the state of Missouri will be best served by having a single officer charged with the responsibility of ensuring that our economic development initiatives are carefully coordinated with local, state and federal agencies to achieve maximum results for the people of our state," Floyd said. [Read more…]

Lawmakers prepare for special session and veto session

Gov. Matt Blunt has called lawmakers into special session beginning Sept. 6 to consider several issues related to abortion. The session will run concurrently with the veto session, which is scheduled for Sept. 14. Lawmakers are required to meet each September to provide the opportunity to override any vetoes made by the governor. [Read more…]

President Floyd continues statewide tuition listening tour

University of Missouri President Elson S. Floyd is embarking on the second phase of his statewide tuition listening tour, heading to all four campuses to visit with students, faculty and community members. Previously, Dr. Floyd’s summer tuition listening tour stopped in Columbia, West Plains, Cape Girardeau, Lebanon, Joplin, Springfield, Hannibal, Marceline and Sedalia for question-and-answer sessions. On August 25, Dr. Floyd conducted his first on-campus tuition listening stop, a well-attended forum at the University of Missouri-Rolla. At each stop, Dr. Floyd is explaining the concept of guaranteed tuition, along with the pros and cons, stressing that he wants to hear directly from Missourians as "the cornerstone of developing our policy." For a complete schedule of Dr. Floyd’s tuition listening tour stops, to leave online feedback about the concept of guaranteed tuition, and to read statewide media coverage, visit

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UM-St. Louis receives federal grant for education initiative

The University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Education and St. Louis Community College are launching a $60 million initiative to increase high school graduation and college enrollment rates in eight St. Louis-area school districts. Nearly half of the funding for the St. Louis In-Gear for Success, or SLINGS initiative, is provided by a six-year, $28 million grant secured by UMSL from the U.S. Department of Education. It's the largest single grant received by UMSL in its 42-year history. The remaining funds will be provided by the more than 40 participating groups. [Read more…]

UM-Columbia receives federal grant for Life Sciences Business Incubator

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton and UM President Floyd with Sen. Kit Bond and other officials at the grant announcement. Photo courtesy of Steve Morse, MU Publications and Alumni Communications.
MU Chancellor Brady Deaton and UM President
Floyd with Sen. Kit Bond and other officials at the
grant announcement. Photo courtesy of Steve
Morse, MU Publications and Alumni

The University of Missouri-Columbia and the Missouri Innovation Center will receive a $2.5 million grant for construction of the Life Sciences Business Incubator. The grant was announced Aug. 18 by Sen. Kit Bond and officials from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. "The Life Sciences Business Incubator is a key step in creating the biotechnology corridor," Bond said. The incubator will house 10 to 14 companies at a time for about three years before the companies would leave to expand their businesses. The estimated cost of the incubator is $8.7 million, and the campus will match the grant from the EDA. [Read more…]

St. Charles legislators visit local extension center

Sen. Chuck Gross (R-St. Charles), Rep. Carl Bearden (R-St. Charles) and Rep. Tom Dempsey (R-St. Charles) visited the St. Charles County University of Missouri Extension Center on Aug. 15 for an early morning breakfast session to hear about local extension programs and funding. [Read more…]

State transfers film office to UM-Columbia

The State of Missouri has transferred the Missouri Film Office from the Department of Economic Development to the University of Missouri-Columbia in an effort to save money. The move will reduce the state's cost from $200,000 for the current fiscal year to $150,000, which it will pay the University to manage the office. After up to three years, the plan is for state payments to end and the University to cover the costs of the office. The film office will have two staff members and will be housed on the UM-Columbia campus. The office's goal is to attract filmmakers to shoot movies and other projects in Missouri.

Profile: Rep. Steve Hobbs

Rep. Hobbs

Rep. Steve Hobbs (R-Mexico), chair of the Conservation and Natural Resources Committee, recognizes the enormous impact of the University of Missouri on his legislative district. As the largest employer, "everything the University does has a big influence on my district. That includes education, research in agriculture and others areas, and, of course, Extension. When I go to see my doctor, or my dentist, or many professional people in my community, in one way or another they have been touched by the University of Missouri." [Read more…]

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