Vice President for Government Relations
Stephen C. Knorr
Steve Knorr was appointed vice president for government relations at the University of Missouri System in 2003. In this role, he is responsible for centralizing and directing state and federal relations for the university system and its four campuses. Knorr has been instrumental in creating a unified approach and building a shared agenda for the university, which has led to a focused federal priority process and increased awareness and support at the state level.
With Knorr at the helm of the government relations office, the University of Missouri campuses have received more than $400 million in federal funding and have added more than 500,000 sq. ft. of building space. At the state level, the university has seen many legislative successes such as passage of a bill equalizing the Access Missouri scholarship between public and private universities, important capital projects for construction, and a bipartisan approach to secure appropriation funds during difficult state budgetary times.
Prior to his appointment as vice president, Knorr served as assistant to the president for federal relations from 1998 to 2003. He coordinated University of Missouri System research capabilities from all four campuses and connected them with research needs to secure federal funding. As a result of his efforts, the university received funding for 130 projects totaling more than $178.5 million during the five years he served in this capacity.
From 1994 to 1998, Knorr served the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources in their development office, first as assistant director of development and then as director of development. He was a legislative assistant on the staff of U.S. Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond in Washington, D.C., from 1989 to 1994. His responsibilities included monitoring appropriations and legislative issues for agriculture, trade and the environment. During his five years on Capitol Hill, Knorr worked on legislation including the 1990 Farm Bill and NAFTA, as well as annual appropriations projects that were important for the state of Missouri.
Knorr received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics in 1988 from the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.
Active in the community, Knorr currently serves as a director on the UMB Bank Advisory Board, is a member of the Executive Board of the Great Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America and is a member of the Business Roundtable. In 2009 he served on the Merit Selection Panel for Appointment of Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court-Western District of Missouri. He has served on the Executive Committee of Governmental Relations for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. Knorr was selected as a member of the 2001 Class of 40 Under 40 in Columbia, Mo.