Gordon Lamb named interim University of Missouri President

Gordon Lamb

Dr. Gordon H. Lamb, former interim chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, was appointed interim president of the University of Missouri by the Board of Curators on Friday, April 6. Lamb served as interim UMKC chancellor from February 1999 to April 2000, replacing Eleanor Schwartz, who retired. He previously served as interim chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and president of Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Simpson College in 1956, a master’s in music from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, in 1962 and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1973.

Lamb will begin the new post on Monday, April 9. He replaces Dr. Elson S. Floyd, who is leaving to become president of Washington State University in Pullman. Floyd will serve as a consultant to Lamb until the end of April. [Read more…link to UM news release]

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UMR to become Missouri University of Science & Technology

A name change proposed by the University of Missouri-Rolla was approved by the Board of Curators at its April 6 meeting in Rolla. The Rolla campus will be known as the Missouri University of Science & Technology, or Missouri S&T, effective Jan. 1, 2008. “Missouri S&T will better define the university as a leading technological research university,” said UMR Chancellor Jack Carney. “We believe the new name will help to differentiate this university in a highly competitive university market and provide a national competitive advantage.” Carney first proposed a university-wide dialogue about changing the name of the campus last October during his state of the university address. Since then, the campus provided information about the name change and gathered input from faculty, staff, alumni, and the community. [Read more…]

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Photo caption: Rep. Esther Haywood (D-St. Louis), Rep. Robin Wright-Jones (D-St. Louis), Sen. Yvonne Wilson (D-Kansas City), President Floyd, Sen. Maida Coleman (D-St. Louis), and Sen. Rita Heard Days (D-St. Louis).
Rep. Esther Haywood (D-St. Louis), Rep. Robin Wright-Jones (D-St. Louis), Sen. Yvonne Wilson (D-Kansas City), President Floyd, Sen. Maida Coleman (D-St. Louis), and Sen. Rita Heard Days (D-St. Louis).
Legislative Black Caucus hosts reception for President Floyd

The Missouri Legislative Black Caucus hosted a farewell reception for University of Missouri President Elson S. Floyd Tuesday, April 3, in Jefferson City. Caucus members praised Floyd for his leadership and accessibility, and presented him with a resolution in honor of his service to the University and the state.

Floyd was selected in December 2006 to become the next president of Washington State University in Pullman.

MO HealthNet bill passes Senate

SB577, the bill that revises Missouri’s Medicaid program and creates in its place the MO HealthNet program, was perfected by the Senate on Wednesday, April 4. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Charlie Shields (R-St. Joseph), had a number of amendments added by both parties. It will be third read in the Senate next week and then will move to the House for committee hearings and floor debate. [Read more…]

Senate Appropriations Committee reviews budget

The Senate Appropriations Committee, chaired by Sen. Chuck Gross (R-St. Charles), continued to review the entire state budget this week. Nearly all University of Missouri budget items are open and subject to change but should be finalized in the next two weeks. The committee approved the appropriation of $500,000 to fund a new cooperative engineering program between the University of Missouri-Rolla and Missouri State University. Funding for the program gained the approval of the House last month.

The Senate Appropriations Committee will send their recommendations to the Senate floor for consideration, and then differences between the Senate and the House will be resolved in a Conference Committee. The state budget must be completed by Friday, May 11.

House Higher Education Committee considers 21st Century Scholars program

Members of the House Higher Education Committee, chaired by Rep. Gayle Kingery (R-Poplar Bluff), heard testimony on HB438, which would establish the 21st Century Scholars Program in Missouri, on Tuesday, April 3. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Rachel Storch (D-St. Louis), establishes a program to identify students from needy families in the eighth grade who sign a contract with their parents to complete high school, stay off of drugs and alcohol, and apply for financial aid and admittance for post-secondary education. For those who meet the requirements set forth, the program provides the balance of funding for tuition. Students would have to meet minimum grade point averages in order to qualify. The University of Missouri was among several institutions testifying in support of the measure. The committee took no action on the bill.

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U.S. Sen. Kit Bond visits Missouri Rehabilitation Center
Missouri Rehabilitation Center
The Missouri Rehabilitation Center in Mt.
Vernon, part of UM Health Care, has the
largest traumatic brain injury program in the state.

U.S. Sen. Kit Bond (R-Missouri) visited University of Missouri Health Care’s Missouri Rehabilitation Center in Mt. Vernon on Monday, April 2. The Gene Taylor Community Based Outpatient Clinic for veterans is housed within the MRC and was the reason for Bond’s Mt. Vernon stop. Bond met with clinic administrators and invited the heads of several veterans groups to offer both their praise and criticism of the medical treatment of veterans across the state. Bond pointed out that he did not find quality-of-care issues at any of the Missouri VA clinics. The MRC is a long-term acute care facility for patients needing specialized care and treatment for conditions such as head and spinal cord injury. It houses the largest traumatic brain injury program in Missouri.

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Rep. J.C. Kuessner
Rep. J.C. Kuessner (D-Eminence)

Rep. J.C. Kuessner (D-Eminence) was first elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2002 to represent District 152, Iron County and parts of Reynolds, Shannon and Washington counties. He currently serves as a member of the Health Care Policy and Transportation Committees in the House. Agriculture is very important in Kuessner’s district, which depends on the University’s agricultural research efforts, he noted. “The University of Missouri continues to make a positive impact in the urban as well as the rural areas,” Kuessner said. “The research that you do is critical. Your research makes our lives better on a daily basis.” [Read more…]

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