University of Missouri President Elson S. Floyd announced that the University is implementing a plan to save $20 million in administrative costs, far exceeding his original goal of $12.5 million set last December. Floyd presented details of the plan to the Board of Curators at its July 21 meeting in Kansas City.
“This is a tremendous accomplishment,” Floyd said. “I am deeply proud of our chancellors and staff for their vigilant efforts to enhance our academic mission while protecting access and affordability for our students.”
Cost cuts will include administrative streamlining, job eliminations and consolidation of services. Funds will be reallocated to specific academic and strategic initiatives, including new scholarships and financial aid opportunities; diversity initiatives; the life sciences; increased instruction to meet enrollment growth; new faculty recruitment and student retention efforts.
Candidates attend University of Missouri forums
The University of Missouri hosted legislative forums for all candidates for the Missouri House of Representatives and State Senate during June and July. Candidates and community leaders attended forums at UMR on June 22 and at MU on July 6. Forums also were held at UMSL on July 17 and UMKC on July 18. With a goal of providing candidates with an overview of the University, its funding, tuition and financial aid, each forum included a presentation by President Elson S. Floyd and the respective campus chancellor, followed by a campus tour.
Photos at left: Top: President Floyd visits with Rep. Gayle Kingery (R-Poplar Bluff) and his wife Jolene at the July 6 forum at MU. Middle: Sen. Joan Bray (D-St. Louis) and President Floyd at the UMSL forum on July 17. Bottom: At the UMKC forum on July 18, President Floyd and Mary Larson-Diaz talk with John DeStefano, Republican candidate for House District 32.
UM President Elson S. Floyd with Northwest Missouri State University President Dean L. Hubbard and Sen. David Klindt (R-Bethany) at the July 12th forum in Maryville. Photo credit: Darren Whitley, courtesy Northwest Missouri State University.
President Floyd holds unity forums to focus on public higher education
University of Missouri President Elson S. Floyd recently kicked off a series of events with leaders of Missouri public higher education institutions. At a July 12 luncheon with Northwest Missouri State University President Dean L. Hubbard, discussion topics included principles of stewardship, service to students, and recognition of Missouri’s reinvestment in public higher education. Additional forums will be hosted by President Barbara Dixon at Truman State University in Kirksville on July 24, by President Michael Nietzel at Missouri State University in Springfield on August 16, and by President Aaron Podolefsky at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg on September 25. More forums will be announced soon.
Photo caption: Pictured at the Green Chemistry Conference, from left to right: Charles Auer, director, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA; Ali Tekeei, MU; Mohan Dasari, MU; William Sutterlin, MU; Galen Suppes, MU; and John Marburger, III, science advisor to the President and director, Office of Science and Technology Policy.
MU professor receives 2006 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award
Dr. Galen Suppes, associate professor of chemical engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia, received the 2006 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award in Washington, D.C. on June 26. The prestigious award, one of the Environmental Protection Agency’s top honors, was given to Suppes for his work in turning glycerin—an unwanted byproduct created when soybeans and corn are converted into biodiesel—into a cheap nontoxic source of antifreeze. Accompanied by MU colleagues who assisted with the research, Suppes accepted the award at a ceremony at the National Academies of Science. Suppes, one of six EPA award recipients, won in the agency’s academic category.
Higher Education Act receives another extension
The U.S. Congress has again extended the Higher Education Act (HEA), which expired on June 30. This is the fourth extension since the HEA originally expired last year and the second extension this year. While the House of Representatives passed its reauthorization of the HEA bill in March, the Senate’s bill remains in committee. The current extension is set to expire on Sept. 30, 2006.
U.S. Senate passes stem cell legislation; president vetoes
The U.S. Senate passed three stem cell research bills this week. Two of the bills, S. 2754 and S. 3504, sponsored by Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), passed on a vote of 100-0. S. 3504 would prohibit the solicitation or acceptance of tissue from fetuses gestated for research purposes and S. 2754, which has been referred to as the “alternative stem cell bill,” would derive human pluripotent stem cell lines using techniques that do not knowingly harm embryos. The last bill, HR 810, sponsored by Congressman Michael Castle (R-Delaware), would provide for human embryonic stem cell research by expanding federal policy and funding for stem cell research. HR 810 and S. 2754 both passed the House and were sent to President George W. Bush. Bush vetoed HR 810, exercising the veto power for the first time since he has taken office.