Leadership

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.

Robert Marley

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.

Andrew Careaga

Executive Director, Marketing and Communications

Andrew Careaga joined Missouri S&T in 1991 as a staff writer, later serving as manager of public relations and director of communications. As executive director of marketing and communications, he leads a team responsible for developing and managing Missouri S&T’s brand identity, strategic communications, web and digital initiatives, social media, visual identity and media relations, and serves as the university’s chief spokesperson and chief marketing officer. A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, he worked in the newspaper and non-profit sectors before joining Missouri S&T. He serves as a trustee for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), where he also has held other regional and national leadership positions.

Joan Nesbitt

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, annual giving operations and the Miner Alumni Association. 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.

Neil A Outar

Interim Chief Diversity Officer

Neil Outar joined Missouri S&T in 2015 as director of institutional equity, diversity and inclusion. As interim chief diversity officer, he guides the university’s cultivation of an inclusive community through cultural programming and outreach, as well as ensuring the university’s compliance with state and federal statute as it relates to Equal Opportunity. He also serves as the university’s Title IX coordinator. Before coming to S&T, Outar was a student affairs professional at Arkansas State University-Beebe and served as that institution’s accreditation coordinator. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a juris doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen Law School.

Cuba Plain

Interim Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations

Cuba Plain joined Missouri S&T in September 2017 following a 35-year-plus career in financial administration, budgeting and planning at the University of Missouri System. Prior to her Missouri S&T appointment, she served as the UM System’s assistant vice president for finance, budget and planning. She is active with NACUBO and CACUBO (the National and Central Associations of College and University Business Officers) and frequently presents at professional development meetings. A certified public accountant, Plain holds a MBA from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a B.S. from Oklahoma State University with a double major in agricultural economics and accounting.

Debra A.G. Robinson

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.

Elizabeth L. Smith

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.