Christopher G. Maples
Interim Chancellor

Dr. Christopher G. Maples became interim chancellor of Missouri University of Science and Technology on May 15, 2017. He previously served as president of Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) from Oct. 1, 2008, until his retirement on Dec. 31, 2016. During his presidency at Oregon Tech, Maples grew the university’s enrollment, increased and strengthened academic programs, and built effective relationships with elected officials and system leadership during a time of extraordinary change. From 2003 to 2008, he served as vice president and executive vice president for research at the Desert Research Institute (DRI), the environmental research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education, from 2003 through 2008. He also served as chair of the department of geological sciences at Indiana University, held several program director positions with the National Science Foundation, and was employed by the Kansas Geological Survey, where he served as acting section chief and section chief. Maples holds a Ph.D. in geology with an emphasis in paleontology from Indiana University, where he also earned his master of science degree in geology. He also holds a bachelor of science degree with honors in geology from West Georgia College and graduated with honors in Korean language from the Defense Language Institute.

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Marley joined Missouri S&T as provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs in 2014. He oversees all academic programs as well as enrollment management, pre-college programs, information technology, research and sponsored programs, technology transfer, undergraduate and graduate studies, and Curtis Laws Wilson Library. Before coming to S&T, Marley served as interim vice president for student success as well as dean of engineering, both at Montana State University in Bozeman. Marley holds three degrees from Wichita State University: a bachelor of general sciences with an experimental psychology emphasis, master of science in engineering management science and Ph.D. in industrial engineering with an emphasis in occupational ergonomics and human factors engineering.  He is a Fellow of the American Council on Education.

Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration

Vice Chancellor Branson joined Missouri S&T in 2013. He oversees the university’s budgeting, planning, business operations and environmental management functions, as well as grounds, maintenance and physical plant operations and university police. Previously, he served as vice chancellor for financial affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne from 1993 through 2013. He holds a bachelor of science degree from Purdue University and a master of science degree in industrial administration, also from Purdue.

Executive Director, Strategy, Planning and Assessment

Rose Horton joined Missouri S&T in 2014 as the strategic planning progress manager, a position developed to help lead implementation of the new strategic plan. She is responsible for managing the strategic initiatives process, oversees the campus innovation team and analyzes data and trends related to performance measures outlined in the strategic plan. She has more than a dozen years of experience in higher education, seven years of corporate management experience and 10 years of sales experience at various organizations. Prior to joining Missouri S&T, she served as senior director for ITT Technical Institute in Wichita, Kansas. She holds a bachelor of science degree in communications management and a master of science degree in administrative studies, both from Missouri State University.

Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Equity and Inclusion

Vice Chancellor Manuel joined Missouri S&T in 2008 and leads the office of human resources, equity and inclusion. She is the university’s chief human resources officer and chief diversity officer. She is also chair of the Chancellor’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. She is responsible for policy issues, affirmative action, professional and organizational development, training, compensation, employee relations, diversity and inclusion and is the campus’s Title IX coordinator. Manuel earned a bachelor of science degree in education from the University of Oklahoma and a juris doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. She later received a master of arts degree in ministry and culture. Previously, she served as assistant vice president of human resources at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, Illinois. She also served as Presidential Advisor for Intercultural Communication and Education at Rose State College in Midwest City, Oklahoma.

Vice Chancellor for University Advancement

Vice Chancellor Nesbitt joined Missouri S&T in 2011. She leads the university’s fundraising, donor relations and alumni relations efforts and oversees development, communications and annual giving operations, the Miner Alumni Association, and KMST, the university’s public radio station. Nesbitt has more than 23 years of experience in university advancement. Previously, she served as vice president for institutional advancement at the University of Tulsa. Nesbitt holds a bachelor of arts in communication from the University of Tulsa and a master of arts in organizational dynamics from the University of Oklahoma. She has held regional and national leadership positions with the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and is the recipient of three national “Circle of Excellence” awards for achievements in fundraising and public relations.

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Vice Chancellor Robinson joined Missouri S&T in 1980 as a counseling psychologist. She oversees athletics and recreation; career opportunities and employer relations; community standards and conduct; counseling, disability support and student wellness; leadership and cultural programs; Leach Theatre; residential life; student health services; student life; and the testing center. Robinson has been assistant director and associate director of the Counseling Center, director of the Center for Personal and Professional Development, and associate vice chancellor for student and international affairs. She was named vice chancellor for student affairs in January 2003. Robinson served on the board of directors for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and as co-chair of the Council for Student Affairs, one of 10 operational councils APLU. Robinson has also served as president of the Society of Consulting Psychology, Division 13 of the American Psychological Association. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in education and counseling psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Chief of Staff

Chief of Staff Smith joined Missouri S&T in 2015. As chief of staff, she represents the Chancellor’s Office to a variety of constituents, including campus divisions and units, the general officers of the University of Missouri System, and community leaders. Prior to joining Missouri S&T, Smith served as executive director of the Hawthorn Foundation, which assists in the economic development work of the executive branch of Missouri state government. Previously, she served as executive director of the Rolla Regional Economic Commission and as project manager for the Missouri Department of Economic Development. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and public law and a master’s degree in public administration, both from Northern Illinois University.


Vice Chancellor for Global and Strategic Partnerships

Vice Chancellor Wray oversees international affairs, global and online learning, and corporate relations. Wray joined Missouri S&T as provost in 2006 and served in that position until 2014. Additionally, he was interim chancellor at Missouri S&T in 2011 and 2012. Wray came to Missouri S&T from Michigan Technological University, where he served as provost and senior vice president. Previously, he served as dean of Ohio University’s Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology and Chair of Texas Tech University’s Department of Civil Engineering and held faculty positions at Ohio University and Texas Tech University.