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Position Description


University of Missouri


The mission of the University of Missouri, as a land-grant university and Missouri’s only public research and doctoral-level institution, is to discover, disseminate, preserve, and apply knowledge.  The university promotes learning by its students and lifelong learning by Missouri’s citizens, fosters innovation to support economic development, and advances the health, cultural, and social interests of the people of Missouri, the nation, and the world.

The University of Missouri

The University of Missouri (MU) was founded in 1839 in Columbia, Mo., as the first public university west of the Mississippi River and the first state university in Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase territory.  Today, as the flagship campus of the four-campus University of Missouri System, MU is a $2.1 billion enterprise and an important investment for the state and nation.   MU serves a diverse student body made up of 35,000 students from every county in Missouri, every state in the nation and 120 countries.   Offering more than 300 degree programs through 19 colleges and schools, MU is the state’s most comprehensive university and is one of only five universities nationwide with law, medicine, veterinary medicine and a nuclear research reactor on one campus.   MU’s nationally prominent faculty bring discoveries into the classroom, publish more than 1,600 books and scholarly articles each year and invest about $235 million annually on scientific research; they account for 70 percent of the research dollars flowing to Missouri public universities.  Ninety-two percent of full-time, ranked faculty hold doctorates or the highest degree in their field.

MU is dedicated to its constituents. Citizens across the state participate in university Extension programs in every county, visit MU Health Care specialists, participate in state competitions in MU facilities and cheer on the Missouri Tigers at athletic events.  MU is a member of the Southeastern Conference and its NCAA Division I athletic program has 20 sports, many ranked in the top 25 nationally.

As a major land-grant institution with a statewide mission of service to citizens and Missouri's largest public research university, MU is considered one of the nation's top-tier institutions.  It is one of only 34 public universities, and the only public institution in Missouri, to hold membership in the Association of American Universities.   

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Position Summary

MU’s chancellor reports directly to the president of the University of Missouri System. As chief academic and administrative officer of the campus, he/she is responsible for the effective, strategic administration of the campus.   In that role, the chancellor provides visionary and transformational academic and administrative leadership to the university.   The primary duty of the chancellor is to strive to attain excellence of programs and offerings with the resources available to the campus and ensure that student services and support are provided to create appropriate learning environments.  As an influential member of the community, the chancellor serves as liaison to local, state and federal agencies to ensure research and economic development initiatives and Extension activities aid the growth of Missouri’s economy.  MU’s chancellor will play a critical role in leading Missouri toward a knowledge-based economy characterized by innovation and entrepreneurship.

The chancellor has primary responsibility for enhancing and sustaining the university mission and its operations by:

  • Exercising broad responsibility for all aspects of the academic, student, administrative and financial operations of the university;
  • Overseeing the direction of all planning related to institutional goals, academic programs, research and scholarship, public service, enrollment, and physical plant development;
  • Developing and maintaining appropriate administrative organization, business and management infrastructure, and policy-making structures for the most efficient and effective use of institutional resources and advancement of the university;
  • Providing effective leadership and management of fiscal responsibilities, in fundraising, marketing and public relations, and in strategic planning with specific attention to the recruitment, retention and advancement of quality students, faculty and staff;
  • Representing the university with key constituencies, including alumni, local civic communities, corporate organizations, state and federal legislators and higher education institutions both locally and nationally;
  • Providing effective leadership of intercollegiate athletic operations and promoting leadership within the Southeastern Conference (SEC); and
  • Advancing the vision and mission of the University of Missouri Extension as a valued and trusted advocate for the quality of life in Missouri, the nation and the world.


The successful candidate will possess:

  • An earned doctorate or other terminal degree with a strong record of scholarship and teaching, and a proven history of executive level administrative experience in higher education that demonstrates the ability lead a large, public AAU university.
  • An understanding of and passion for the university’s public, land-grant mission and its commitment to the state of Missouri and knowledge about the importance and value of university Extension.
  • A track record showing a high degree  personal and professional integrity, ethics and honesty; and the intellectual, analytical and interpersonal qualities that will foster respect among the university’s myriad constituencies.
  • Outstanding communication and relationship skills, including the ability to energize the campus to achieve its mission, execute on its vision and advance its reputation.
  • A history of leading transformational change by making difficult decisions and inspiring a university community and building a commitment to its future.
  • Demonstrated experience developing new revenue streams, including private fundraising, solicitation of grants and contracts, promoting technology transfer, and developing innovative approaches to maintain and advance excellence.
  • A demonstrated track record of achieving diversity and inclusiveness among faculty, staff, administrators and students.
  • Demonstrated commitment to collegial and collaborative leadership and shared governance.
  • Demonstrated ability to set metric-driven decisions in pursuit of institutional mission, to engage the institution in a continual process of institutional assessment and improvement, and to communicate with constituents through a transparent and accountable style of decision-making; and transparency and accountability in execution.
  • An ability to lead a complex, multi-faceted institution that includes an academic health system and a high-profile Division I athletic program that emphasizes academic success, athletic prowess and excellent sportsmanship.

Application and Nomination Process

The Search Committee will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled.  Screening of candidates will begin immediately.  Applications should include a letter specifically describing how the applicant’s experience relates to the opportunity, the qualifications and desired characteristics, and a current curriculum vitae.  Submission of materials via email is strongly preferred.  Nomination letters should include the name, position, address and telephone number of the nominee.  All nominations will be handled in strict confidence unless otherwise directed by the nominator.

Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates
1111 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 106
Monterey Park, CA 91754
Refer to code “MU-Chancellor” in subject line

Reviewed 2013-08-23.