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University Task Force


The University Task Force is coordinating an informed and broad discussion regarding an overarching structural model for the UM System that will encourage collaboration and help us become a stronger and more successful system while still honoring the unique strengths of our universities. In this effort, the Task Force will help establish short-term and long-term priorities and provide specific recommendations that will inform the direction of the system moving forward.


  • Chair: Curator Darryl M. Chatman
  • Task Force Members:
    • Curator Julia G. Brncic
    • Interim Chancellor Barbara A Bichelmeyer, UMKC
    • Chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright, MU
    • President Mun Choi
    • Chancellor Thomas F. George, UMSL
    • Interim Chancellor Christopher G. Maples, Missouri S&T
    • General Counsel Stephen J. Owens
    • Curator John R. Phillips
    • Vice President for Finance Ryan Rapp


April 2018

  • Board of Curators and administration discuss draft report on UM System organization, research and short and long-term priorities. Access the April 13 Board of Curators meeting video to listen to the discussion.

June 2018

  • University Task Force presents an update for the Board of Curators and administration regarding progress since the April 13 meeting, including stakeholder input. Access the June Board of Curators meeting video to listen to the update.
  • Collaborative groups led by President Choi, Steve Graham and Ryan Rapp propose guiding principles and recommendations to accomplish short and long term goals to the Board.

July 2018

  • Board of Curators hold development session in Springfield with administration to outline guiding principles moving forward. 

University Community Input Session

In an ­­effort to move toward excellence together, the University Task Force is asking for faculty, staff and student feedback regarding the overarching structure of the UM System, as well as the way our universities collaborate systemwide. We hope you’ll join the discussion at the June University of Missouri System Board of Curators meeting.  

Meeting information:

  • When: Friday, June 22, 2018 during the morning session
  • Time: Morning session
  • Location: Reynolds Alumni Center, University of Missouri-Columbia (Columns Room 208 C, D and E)

If you are unable to attend the meeting, use our dedicated email address, universitytaskforce@umsystem.edu, to submit your feedback online by 5:00 p.m. on June 20. If you tune in for the board meeting and have input to offer during the conversation, you may also use this email to provide feedback in real time.

Questions for discussion:

  • How can we better define the roles and responsibilities of the system and universities to foster a more collaborative culture?
  • What actions can we take to create efficiencies and improve the performances of and relationships between the UM System and its universities?
  • What structures and/or rewards could be put in place to better support and encourage systemwide collaboration?
  • What features of your university's unique structure, culture or programmatic strengths do you value, and how might other universities leverage these features to improve performance?

Frequently Asked Questions

How are the unique needs of the universities represented in Task Force discussions?

The University Task Force is made up of leaders from across the system, including representatives from the Board of Curators, leadership from UM System central administration and the chancellors, who are in a position to communicate the culture and unique needs of their respective universities.

Why is it necessary to refine the relationship of the universities and the structure of the system?

A clearer understanding of the system structure will help us determine how central administration and the universities can work together in the most effective way. Additionally, it will help in the development of structures designed to support the universities in leveraging one another's unique strengths to improve performance. Finally, such an effort will inform a shared vision and direction for our universities so all parts of the UM System can work toward excellence in student success, research breakthroughs and meaningful engagement.

Share Feedback

Faculty, staff and student input is an important part of the development and decision-making process. We welcome your engagement and feedback, and hope you'll share recommendations for strengthening our system and determining how we can collaborate across universities to work toward excellence together. Please submit your feedback via email to universitytaskforce@umsystem.edu by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 29.

Reviewed 2018-06-22.