December 15, 2011

Board of Curators tap Timothy Wolfe as 23rd UM System President

After nearly two dozen meetings and an almost year-long national search, the University of Missouri Board of Curators announced the appointment of Timothy M. Wolfe, 53, as the 23rd system president. The MU business school alumnus will assume responsibilities presently held by Interim President Stephen J. Owens, effective Feb. 15, 2012.

Wolfe, formerly Novell’s president of the Americas and a 20-year IBM executive, went to Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, where he led the football team to a state championship as its quarterback. He is the son of two university professors—a father who taught communications and a mother who is a law professor.

For the full press release of Timothy Wolfe’s appointment, click here.

Above: Incoming UM President Timothy Wolfe speaking at the announcement of his appointment as incoming UM President.

Education committee chairs introduce bills to address remedial education, course transfer

Two education leaders have prefiled identical bills in each chamber that would give the Coordinating Board for Higher Education additional responsibilities to address remedial course work and transfer policies across public institutions in the state. Senator David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) and chair of the Senate Education Committee; and Rep. Mike Thomson (R-Maryville) and chair of the House Higher Education Committee, introduced SB 455 and HB 1042 earlier this month

The legislation would require institutions to identify and replicate best practices in remediation, and to develop a set of lower division courses that would transfer across institutions. The bills also address reverse transfer policy.  The legislators met with the CBHE December 8 to discuss the legislation and seek support of the higher education community.

UMSL Hosts state and Congressional leaders

Over the past month, UMSL has had a number of opportunities to host Missouri elected officials.

Tom George, chancellor of the University of Missouri–St. Louis welcomed Governor Jay Nixon to UMSL’s College of Nursing on Dec. 9. The governor announced a $150,000 Nursing Education Incentive Program grant to hire new faculty. The money will mean 32 more students will be admitted to the undergraduate program in 2012. Dozens of students and faculty were on hand to hear the news. Guests also included Aubrey Moncrief, president of the Missouri State Board of Nursing and Representative Clem Smith (D-St. Louis). UMKC and MU also received grants in the announcement by the Governor.

Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) met Dec. 12 with UMSL Chancellor Tom George before addressing a group attending an economic development and grant training seminar on UMSL’s campus.  The seminar, sponsored by Senator McCaskill’s office, was designed to connect area businesses and organizations with resources and opportunities to compete for federal grant funding. Representatives from numerous federal and state agencies attended. Approximately 300 people attended the seminar.

As part of his Small Business Forum Series, Congressman Russ Carnahan (D-MO) held a meeting for women business owners and entrepreneurs at the University of Missouri–St. Louis on Nov. 29. UMSL Chancellor Tom George was on hand to greet the Congressman and approximately 80 attendees. Speakers included Patricia Brown-Dixon, regional administrator of the Small Business Administration; former state senator Rita Days, board member of the Missouri Women’s Council; and Tessa Greenspan, former CEO of Sappington Farmer’s Market.

UMSL Chancellor Tom George also welcomed Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, (D–St. Louis) and 20 municipal mayors to the campus on November 15. Topping her list of topics was education, especially the eight school districts located in her St. Louis County district. For photos of each event, click here.

Above: Governor Jay Nixon (left) with UMSL Chancellor Tom George (right) at the Nursing Education Incentive Program grant announcement.

UMKC Trustees host reception with Kansas City area legislators

Members of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Board of Trustees joined UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton and several other administrators for a reception with members of the Kansas City area legislative delegation at UMKC’s Health Sciences Building on December 12. Representatives T.J. Berry (R-Kearney) and John Rizzo (D-Kansas City), co-chairs of the Kansas City Caucus, discussed goals for the coming year. A panel of legislators that included Senators Jolie Justus (D-Kansas City) and David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) and Reps. Ryan Silvey (R-Kansas City) and Mike Talboy (D-Kansas City) also reviewed the outlook for higher education and the budget in the coming year. Other legislators in attendance included Senator Kiki Curls (D-Kansas City) and Reps. Ira Anders (D-Independence), Myron Neth (R-Liberty), and Rep.-elect Judy Morgan (D-Kansas City).

Above: Senator Jolie Justus and UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton visit during the UMKC Trustee legislative reception. For more photos of the event, click here.

Mizzou Flagship Council hosts legislative reception in Columbia

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton joined the Mizzou Flagship Council in hosting a gathering of mid-Missouri legislators on December 14 at the Chancellor’s Residence in Columbia. Legislators attending included Senator Kurt Schaefer, (R-Columbia), Senator Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City), Rep. Mary Still (D-Columbia), Rep. John Cauthorn (R-Mexico), and Rep. Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane).

Above: Senator Schaefer visits with Chancellor Deaton during the reception.
For more photos of the event, click here.

Senator Blunt secures funding for FAPRI, visits campus

On November 28, Senator Roy Blunt visited MU’s Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) to announce that he has helped secure competitive grant funding for agriculture policy research. FAPRI and the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) have both been supported by federal funds to perform collaborative, national research on food, agriculture, and rural economics.

Above from left to right: Chuck Fluharty, President and CEO of RUPRI; Pat Westhoff, Director of FAPRI; and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO). Photo courtesy of Duane Dailey.

MU librarian visits with Senator Claire McCaskill

MU librarian and Government Documents Coordinator, Marie Concannon, visited Washington D.C. in November and had the opportunity to visit with Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO). Her visit emphasized the importance of MU libraries and updating federal laws that dictate how government documents are stored and made available to the public.

Above: Marie Concannon (right) with Senator McCaskill (left) during her weekly “Coffee with Claire” discussions in Washington D.C.

Missouri S&T hosts Senator Dan Brown


On December 13, Interim Chancellor Kent Wray and other Missouri S&T administrators hosted a reception attended by Senator Dan Brown (R-Rolla), newly appointed UM President Timothy Wolfe, and Interim President Steve Owens. The group discussed recent successes of Missouri S&T and UM’s legislative priorities for 2012.

Legislative staff participate in Extension workshops


MU Extension has been hosting workshops with legislators and staff across the state to illustrate the mapping and demographic capabilities available now that the 2010 Census data has been made available. Staff learned how to explore various data fields and review legislative district maps.

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