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About the Academic Affairs Office

Staff Directory

Steven Chaffin, Jr. 

Academic Affairs Program Director
(573) 884-3360

  • Manages day-to-day operations and budget of the office
  • Directs systemwide academic affairs initiatives 
  • Oversees new degree program approval process
  • UM System liaison to the Coordinating Board for Higher Education, Intercampus Faculty Cabinet, and Intercampus Student Council
  • Office liaison to the UM Board of Curators and Office of Government Relations
  • Instructional Workload, Extension of the Probationary Period, and Five-Year Post-Tenure Review reports

Zandra Kent

Sr. Project/Program Support Coordinator
(573) 882-6756

  • Coordinates preparation for UM Board of Curators Academic Affairs committee meetings
  • Supports UM Honors Committee and honorary degree process
  • Facilitates processes for Curators' Distinguished Professors and the Thomas Jefferson Award 
  • Supports universities in processing changes to academic programs
  • Missouri-Kansas Reciprocity Report, University Committee on Tenure



Reviewed 2022-03-17