September 16 , 2005
In this issue:
- Missouri Government Review Commission to begin voting on proposals
- UM continues hurricane outreach efforts
- Interim Committee on Higher Education Funding prepares for October hearings
- Joint House-Senate committee begins hearings on higher education
- Express Scripts to build headquarters at UMSL business park
- Profile: Rep. Kevin Wilson
The Missouri Government Review Commission met in Columbia on Thursday, Sept. 15 to resolve outstanding issues and to begin voting on proposals submitted to the full Commission by its individual working groups, including one that has been studying ways to streamline education. Among the proposals applicable to higher education is the creation of a cabinet-level position of Secretary of Education, appointed by the governor and having the authority to recommend a higher education budget to the governor. The commission also proposes changing the makeup of the Coordinating Board of Higher Education, which currently is made up of lay members. The newly constituted Coordinating Board would include two representatives from the University of Missouri; two from other four-year institutions; one from a private institution; two from community colleges; and two lay citizens. [Read more…]
The four University of Missouri campuses and UM Health Care have announced plans to assist Gulf Coast residents who have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina. "Our deepest sympathies lie with the victims of this terrible disaster," said University of Missouri President Elson S. Floyd. "The University of Missouri is taking the swiftest measures possible to aid students whose academic schedules have been affected." As of Tuesday, Sept. 13, a total of 134 students had enrolled at one of the UM campuses: 22 at UM-Columbia, 35 at UM-Kansas City, 75 at UM-St. Louis and 2 at UM-Rolla. The campuses also are involved in various fundraisers to help with hurricane relief. [Read more…]
The Interim Committee on Student-Based Higher Education Funding Reform Models held an organizational meeting Tuesday, Sept. 13 in Jefferson City to prepare for a series of hearings in October and November. The committee, chaired by Rep. Carl Bearden (R-St. Charles), will begin with a hearing on Monday, Oct. 10, at the University of Missouri-Columbia to focus on the four-year public institutions. Additional hearings will be held on Oct. 20 at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff and Nov. 4 at a private institution with a location yet to be determined. The final committee meeting in Jefferson City is scheduled for December 12. [Read more…]
The Joint Committee on Education, chaired by Sen. Charlie Shields (R-St. Joseph), held a hearing last week to gather input from several departments about how to strengthen and improve higher education in Missouri. The committee, which was at the forefront of developing a new funding formula for elementary and secondary education over the past two years, is now turning its focus to higher education and will pay particular attention to governance and how well colleges and universities are meeting needs of tomorrow’s workforce in the state. [Read more…]
UMSL Chancellor Tom George and Express Scripts
CEO George Paz listen to Gov. Matt Blunt during
the Express Scripts announcement.
Express Scripts, Inc. announced Sept. 8, 2005 that it will build its national headquarters at a planned business, technology and research park being developed by UM-St. Louis along Interstate 70. Gov. Matt Blunt joined Express Scripts CEO George Paz and campus and community officials to celebrate the announcement. The move will make Express Scripts, the nation’s largest pharmacy benefits manager, the highest-ranking Fortune 500 company with corporate headquarters on a university campus. “The success of the Express Scripts collaboration, and the business park in general, is important to UMSL and to the communities that surround it,” said UMSL Chancellor Tom George. The company will break ground later this year, with occupancy expected in March 2007.
Rep. Kevin Wilson (R-Neosho) received a bachelor of science degree in management from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1980. “I came to MU because I wanted to be part of the ROTC Core,” Wilson said. “There was a lot of camaraderie and I developed great friendships through that organization. An Air Force ROTC scholarship took me to MU, and I wanted to be a journalist, so I wanted to go there.” The Air Force changed Wilson’s plans in terms of his major, and he instead majored in business. [Read more…]
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