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The Faculty Council is taking a look at the future of faculty at MU. 

Providence Point to become available for group events

Sep 25, 2014
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UM system president Tim Wolfe announced Wednesday that for the first time in its 43 year history, Providence Point will be used as an event and meeting space for both university and external groups. 

Providence Point has historically been home to the UM system president and his family but Wolfe decided that he wanted to live elsewhere.  The location has always been used to entertain university guests from around the state, nation and world but will now be open to businesses and university and community groups looking for a meeting space in Columbia. 

The University of Missouri Board of Curators has extended president Tim Wolfe's contract through June 30, 2018.

The extension announced Wednesday was effective July 1 and replaces a contract that was to end Feb. 15.

Board Chairman Don Downing said in a news release that enrollment and donations have substantially increased since Wolfe became system president in February 2012.

The Providence Point hilltop mansion in central Columbia will no longer be reserved as the University of Missouri System President's residence. The system will soon be renting the property out to university businesses and organizations.

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The University of Missouri System Board of Curators held a press conference Friday aftern­oon to discuss a report investigating MU's handling of the Sasha Menu Courey case. 

Missouri cancer center announces partnership

Mar 21, 2014
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University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe announced Friday the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center will be collaborating with the MD Anderson Network.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is based in Houston and is recognized as one of the nation’s best cancer centers. This center focuses on education, research, and professional training in advanced cancer treatment.  

Wolfe said that he predicts this decision will play a big role the advancement to eradicate cancer.

The president of the University of Missouri says he will go along with Gov. Jay Nixon’s request and recommend that tuition for the system’s four campuses not go up next year.

Tim Wolfe, who visited with junior and senior high school students in the Bayless School District in south St. Louis County Friday morning, said that the additional revenue proposed by Nixon in his State of the State address earlier this week should provide the four-campus system with the money it needs without raising tuition.

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The University of Missouri Columbia named its new chancellor Thursday. R. Bowen Loftin, who announced in July he was stepping down as Texas A&M’s president, will now take over as chancellor for MU on Feb. 1, 2014.

Before becoming president of Texas A&M in 2010, the 64-year-old Texas native served as a professor of engineering and held leadership roles at Dominion University and University of Houston.

MU to announce next chancellor

Dec 4, 2013
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The University of Missouri plans to announce its next chancellor on December 5th, in the Donald W. Reynolds Alumni Center.

Former chancellor Brady Deaton retired on November 15th, and had served as chancellor of the university for 9 years. Many faculty members anxiously await the announcement of the new chancellor, especially those who have worked under multiple chancellors.

Professor of Biochemistry Frank Schmidt said he’s seen two types of chancellors at MU over the years.

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The University of Missouri is again turning to its top lawyer as a temporary campus leader, this time as acting Columbia campus chancellor while the search for Brady Deaton's successor continues.

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The University of Missouri has prevailed in a public records lawsuit filed by an education advocacy group that sought access to professors' copies of course outlines.

A Boone County Circuit Court judge recently rejected the National Council on Teacher Quality's efforts to compel release of copies of course syllabi under the state's open records laws. University of Missouri system President Tim Wolfe disclosed the favorable ruling in an email to university employees last week.

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As the search to replace retiring MU Chancellor Brady Deaton begins, a public forum held in MU’s Jesse Hall Monday allowed people to tell UM System leaders what they want to see in a future chancellor.  It was the first of two public forums held on MU’s campus this week.   

A handful of MU faculty, staff, and students voiced their opinions at the hour-long forum.  They discussed what they thought should be required of the next chancellor, and what key areas of strength he or she should have.

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The University of Missouri Board of Curators met Friday morning, and the curators say they are concerned about statewide spending cuts that directly affect the UM System. 

Missouri governor Jay Nixon froze 400 million dollars in statewide spending in response to threats to override his veto of House Bill 253, a tax-cutting bill that Nixon said would drain state revenue.  Republicans have enough seats in the state legislature to override the Democratic governor’s veto in September if they all agree to do so. 

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Nixon taps St. Louis-area official for state board
  • Nixon leaves for European business trip
  • UM Curators approve 2014 budget, announce plans for Deaton institute
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The University of Missouri System Board of Curators approved its 2014 budget Friday. UM System President Tim Wolfe says the budget identifies strategic areas for funding to help strengthen the university brand.

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University of Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton announced today that he will step down as chancellor effective November 15 of this year.  

Deaton says the time was right.

“(The decision to retire) did not happen quickly, let me say, I looked at a range of issues. The success and the coming together of the planning that we have been engaged in has been a very big part of it. And frankly the lack of absence of any major crises as I see them right now, you don’t want to choose that time,” Deaton said.

Deaton says there are no negative motivations behind his retirement.

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University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe appointed Henry Foley as the system’s new vice president of academic affairs today.  

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The Vietnamese ambassador to the United States is visiting Missouri for the first time this week to discuss trade opportunities and student growth.

Ambassador Nguyen Quoc Cuong met with US Congressmember Vicky Hartzler, Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid and University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe to discuss the opportunities for trade between Missouri and Vietnam.

During the discussion, Hartzler noted that the demand for agricultural products in Vietnam presents an opportunity for Missouri producers.

University of Missouri Health System opens new wing

Mar 19, 2013
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University of Missouri Health System officials and UM System President Tim Wolfe officially opened the new patient care tower at the MU Hospital at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday morning.

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University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe spoke to a crowd of Moberly high school freshmen Friday about the long-term benefits of higher education. 

System president discusses first year in office

Feb 12, 2013
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A year after taking the office as University of Missouri system president, Tim Wolfe says the number one issue on his agenda is strategic planning.

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University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe announced a few changes to the organization of some administrative offices Wednesday. In a press release, Wolfe said he will consolidate the roles of Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs, which has been vacant for several years, and the Vice President of Economic Development.

UM System spokesperson Jennifer Hollingshead says the new person in this position will work with chief academic, research and economic development officers on all of the system campuses.

The backlash continues over the so-called “new model” for the University of Missouri Press. one of the Press’ authors wrote a letter to UM System President Tim Wolfe, who closed the old press as a cost-cutting measure.

Author Don Spivey notified Wolfe of his desire to remove his biography of baseball legend Satchel Paige from the University of Missouri Press. It was published in May, and Spivey’s worried about the future of his book.

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Updated 1:45pm with comments from Provost Brian Foster and new Press Director Speer Morgan

The University of Missouri System announced in May it would be eliminating the University of Missouri Press, and that process officially started July 1st. Today, the University of Missouri-Columbia campus issued the press release below, announcing a new model to serve similar goals of the ill-fated Press.

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The University of Missouri is standing behind its cost-cutting decision to shutter the school's academic press.

Historic MU B&B serves up 10000th breakfast

Jun 5, 2012
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Columbia’s The Gathering Place celebrated its 10,000th breakfast served as a student-run facility.

University of Missouri Press to be eliminated

May 24, 2012
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The University of Missouri Press will close. That’s according to a press release issued today by the University of Missouri system. The UM system provides the University of Missouri Press with a $400,000 yearly subsidy, and according to the press release, the Press has been unable to operate without a deficit in recent years.

Future of UM System presidential mansion in doubt

Apr 26, 2012
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A recent inspection found that the University of Missouri System President's house needs approximately $88,000 dollars worth of restoration.

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UMSL to hold an interdisciplinary conference on "consilience."

The UM System president's house needs $88,000 worth of additional repairs and renovations.

Legislation moving through the state Senate that would make cellphone companies share 911 call information.

A state Senate panel considers legislation that would make CPR a requirement for Missouri high school students.

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