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Statements from University of Missouri System President Mun Choi, MU Chancellor-designate Alexander Cartwright

May 24th, 2017

Story Contact: Christian Basi, 573-882-4430,

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The following statements were issued today by UM System President Mun Choi and MU Chancellor-Designate Alexander Cartwright:

President Choi: I want to thank Governor Eric Greitens for his strong support of public higher education. I deeply appreciate his commitment to excellence in student access and outcomes, research breakthroughs and engaged service. Together with Dr. Alexander Cartwright and the chancellors of all of our UM System campuses, we’ll make the critical decisions to become more efficient, be accountable for our actions, and bring value to the citizens of Missouri and beyond. We are entering a truly exciting period of transformation at the University of Missouri System, and I’m very pleased to work with our stakeholders to fulfill the important mission of public higher education.

Chancellor-Designate Cartwright: As a non-traditional student who worked through the educational ranks, I understand how crucial it is to maintain affordability and access to the education offered at the University of Missouri. I know firsthand how truly transformative public higher education can be, no matter your socioeconomic background. Dr. Choi and I share the common goal of building a student-centric university that puts the needs of students first, and we thank Gov. Greitens for his continuing commitment to higher education.

Mizzou already is a vibrant economic driver for the state of Missouri, yet there are efficiencies and bold moves we can take to position the University of Missouri as a leader in education, research, service and economic development while maintaining affordability for students. I look forward to working with Gov. Greitens as well as our state and federal legislators as we reimagine the state’s flagship, land-grant university.