July 23, 2014
Forging a bright future
At my State of the University Address last September, I announced an aggressive plan to implement our strategic plan. Nearly a year later, we have made tremendous strides in implementing that plan, from changing the very structure of our university to naming our signature areas to launching our innovation team.
In today's newsletter, I'll share some of our progress with you.
Kent Wray steps into new role
Robert Marley begins as Missouri S&T provost
This month also marks the start for our new provost and executive vice chancellor, Robert Marley. Robert comes to us from Montana State University in Bozeman, where he most recently served as interim vice president for student success. Among his accomplishments as dean of Montana State's College of Engineering, he led diversity efforts that resulted in a nearly five-fold increase in women faculty and recognition as one of the nation's leading colleges in the graduation of Native American students. Under his leadership, the college's annual research expenditures nearly tripled and endowments and gifts increased by more than $30 million.
Colleges, new leaders will enhance Missouri S&T's national prominence
Ian Ferguson, formerly professor and chair of electrical and computer engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, will lead the College of Engineering and Computing. Stephen Roberts, formerly professor and chair of biology at Central Michigan University, will lead the College of Arts, Sciences and Business. I encourage you to learn about both Ian and Stephen. I think you'll agree they both bring a wealth of experience and will help Missouri S&T forge a bold future at this pivotal time in our history.
Innovation Team now accepting proposals
The team will solicit and consider creative suggestions to seize entrepreneurial opportunities, innovative approaches and “a-ha” moments brought forward by individuals or groups interested in making a difference. These ideas are integral to supporting a culture of innovation as we move forward with our strategic plan. Learn more about this team and how to submit a proposal here.