Missouri 100 members advise and assist the president in promoting the critical role of the University of Missouri System in our state’s future and its reputation around the world. Its dedicated members are strong advocates for public policies and programs that promote the university’s goals of excellence in teaching, world-class research, service to all our citizens, and stimulation of an entrepreneurial economy.
The Missouri 100, founded in 2007, is composed of proven leaders from many walks of life who believe that the key to future prosperity and quality of life for Missouri’s people rests in a strong university with roots in the land-grant tradition. They share the conviction that we must actively support our state’s only public research university if Missouri is to be competitive in the world’s new information-based economy. To that end, the members have agreed to contribute their time and energy in support of the most pressing priorities of the University of Missouri System, its four campuses, University of Missouri Health Care and Extension.
- Outstanding Missourians are invited by the president to participate in the activities of The Missouri 100.
- Members of The Missouri 100 include leaders from throughout the state. They include, but are not limited to, prominent alumni representing the four campuses of the university and leaders in such critical fields as health care, agriculture, technology, law, business, communications and public service.
- Members speak with one voice as they advocate for the university as a whole.
- Each member makes or raises a minimum tax-deductible, charitable contribution of $1,000. These funds shall be used to support activities of The Missouri 100, consistent with the missions and goals of the University of Missouri System.
- The president meets and confers with members of The Missouri 100 during travels around the state. In addition, the president hosts an annual meeting of the membership.
- Leadership shall be provided by the president and The Missouri 100 co-chairs appointed by the president from the statewide membership.
Dudley McCarter is a partner with Behr, McCarter and Potter P.C. in St. Louis, Mo., where he focuses on the area of civil litigation. He is an active supporter for the University of Missouri, serving as a member of the MU Alumni Alliance Association, Tiger Club, Legislative Information Network Committee and MU Chancellor’s Society. He received his juris doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law.
McCarter is the recipient of the Faculty-Alumni Award from the Mizzou Alumni Association, the Citation of Merit from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, Distinguished Service Award from the St. Louis County Bar Association, the Lou Czech Award for Service to Missouri Municipalities Award from the Missouri Municipal Attorney’s Association and the recipient of several awards for the best article in the Journal of the Missouri Bar Association.
Richard Miller is chief executive officer of Miller’s Professional Imaging/Mpix, the largest professional photo lab organization in the United States with locations in Columbia, Mo., and Pittsburg, Kan. His company was named Photofinisher of the Year in 1994.
Miller received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from MU. He is currently serving on the MU Capital Campaign Steering Committee, MU Flagship Council, Arts and Science Strategic Development Board, as well as several committees at Pittsburgh State University. In 2004, he received a Doctorate of Humane Letters honorary degree from MU, and in 2004 he received the MU Distinguished Alumni Award.
Thomas J. Turner III is executive vice president and a member of the board of Grandbridge Real Estate Capital LLC. Prior to this position, he was president and CEO of Charter American Mortgage Company and Chairman of Collateral Real Estate Capital. Turner is active in the national Mortgage Bankers Association, various real estate and finance organizations, and is a licensed real estate broker in the states of Kansas and Missouri.
A native of Kansas City, Turner graduated from the University of Missouri--Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in business and master’s degree in advertising from the School of Journalism. Following graduate school, he spent two years as an officer in the United States Army, including one year in South Vietnam, as a first lieutenant.
Turner is a member and former chairman of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Board of Trustees, the Ina Calkins Foundation and the University of Missouri Beta Theta Pi House Corporation, among others. He has been a director of the Country Club Bank of Kansas City, the J.C. Nichols Company, Children’s TLC, Bank IV Kansas City and the American Royal. He is currently chairman of the board of RBI (Reviving Baseball in the Inner City) and is on the board of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City.