Cheryl B. Schrader Takes the Helm at Missouri S&T
Dr. Cheryl B. Schrader joined Missouri S&T on April 2, 2012, becoming the 21st leader in the institution's history. She comes to S&T from Boise State University, where she was associate vice president for strategic research initiatives and previously served as dean of engineering. Recently, Schrader talked to us about her decision to accept the chancellor's position, her priorities and the famous blue turf of the Boise State football field.
What inspired you to accept the chancellor's position at Missouri S&T?
The global competitiveness, economic vitality and quality of life in this state and nation clearly depend upon institutions like Missouri S&T to step forward as leaders. In doing so, S&T not only has a legacy upon which to build, but it also has the potential and momentum to become truly world-class. Its uniqueness among institutions of higher education in Missouri, along with its renowned yet still growing expertise in the critical areas of energy, environment, manufacturing and infrastructure, create an opportunity and obligation to make a world of difference. To join this incredible team at this important juncture is the epitome to me of a dream job!
During the first few months of your tenure, what will be your top three priorities as chancellor?
Listening, observing and communicating. Every organization has a sense of place, and I need to fully understand Missouri S&T to be its best leader, ambassador and advocate. I want to hear what the myriad stakeholders envision for the future. I look forward to discovering all that this campus and community have to offer in terms of people, places and programs. As well, you will want to learn more about me. Establishing many and varied open lines of communication and trust is an essential priority in this effort. This will take some time, so I ask everyone to be patient in laying this positive foundation. My purpose is to realize the culture of the institution and its accomplishments, goals, capabilities and dreams so that we together can chart a bold course for Missouri S&T. And I just can't wait to get started!