Missouri University of Science and Technology

 

Dear S&T Family,

Last month, I shared with you a number of strategic structural changes taking place on our campus, including the introduction of two vice provost and dean positions and a vice chancellor position for global and strategic partnerships; and the creation of an office of corporate relations. In addition, the current vice provost for academic affairs position will be eliminated, and we will review the current duties assigned to that office in light of our new structure. These changes are aligned with our strategic plan and will help ensure the vitality of Missouri S&T now and into the future.

It is with pleasure that I report one of these positions has already been filled. Dr. Kent Wray has expressed interest in the new vice chancellor position overseeing global and strategic partnerships. Given the tremendous contributions he has already made in helping extend S&T partnerships across the globe, I can't imagine a better fit for this position. Dr. Wray will continue his provost duties until a new provost is selected next year.

Still, there is much work to be done to find our new provost and two vice provost and deans. These individuals will play crucial roles in ensuring milestones are met on our aggressive timeline in pursuit of world-class excellence. They should help raise S&T's prominence, inspire creativity among our faculty, staff and students, ensure strong return on investment and facilitate increased meaningful interactions — all key aspects of the strategic plan.

Right now, we are in the process of selecting the best firm to assist in the searches for these positions. These professionals will help us identify distinguished and qualified candidates; but to attract and select the right individuals, we will look to the S&T family for guidance and assistance. In the coming weeks, I will host three open forums: one focused on finding our next provost, and one for each of our vice provost and dean searches.

I encourage you to be thinking about what qualities we should be looking for in our next campus leaders — what attributes should these individuals have, what should be his or her vision for S&T and what should our candidates' strengths be? In addition to attending one of our forums, you are also welcome to email me at chancellorschrader@mst.edu with ideas and input. The bottom line is that I want to hear from you.

Finally, we are putting together committees to review applicants and help search for our new campus leaders. We will share details and invite nominations in the near future. These committees will have broad representation from the S&T community and will play an important role in guiding all aspects of this process.

As your chancellor, I am here to listen to your ideas and will rely on them in looking for our next leaders. Thank you for your interest and engagement.

 

Warmest regards,

Cheryl B. Schrader, Ph.D.

Cheryl B. Schrader, Ph.D.

 

Missouri University of Science and Technology


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