Dustin Steinhoff, News Editor

The University of Missouri Board of Curators held a meeting on the University of Missouri–Kansas City campus on Sept. 20 and 21 where they voted on and approved various University of Missouri system initiatives, such as each university’s strategic plan and research funds for Mizzou.

The Board of Curators regulates and supervises the four UM schools, which includes the University of Missouri–St. Louis, University of Missouri–Kansas City, University of Missouri–Columbia and Missouri University of Science and Technology.

The meeting kicked off at 8 a.m. on Sept. 20 with Missouri S&T student Avery Welker being sworn in as new student representative of the board, having previously been elected July 27. Previous Student Representative Courtney Lauer was recognized for her service by the Board of Curators on Sept. 21.

During the meeting, the Board of Curators approved each of the four UM colleges’ strategic plans. Each university was tasked with creating individual strategic plans for themselves to follow in the upcoming five years. Each plan consisted of goals each university wished to meet as well as what actions they plan to take to achieve said goals. The final draft of the UMSL strategic plan was completed Aug. 20 and included goals in fields such as student success, community engagement and economic development and research and creative works. UMSL’s new tagline, “We Transform Lives,” was also created for the strategic plan.

The Board of Curators voted on multiple new initiatives for Mizzou. The first approval came in the form of two new degree programs. Mizzou will offer a Bachelor of Science in microbiology and a Ph.D. in health in rehabilitation service in the coming future.

The Board of Curators approved multiple initiatives to further advance various university programs. First, the board approved the Missouri S&T Student Classroom Learning Center. This project is meant to accommodate for the classroom and lecture hall parts of the Schrenk Hall program. Second, the board approved the hiring of Burns & McDonnell, a construction and engineering company located in Kansas City, as the architect/engineer for the Translational Precision Medicine Center on Mizzou’s campus.

“We’ve cured diseases, developed artistic talents, educated future leaders and uncovered secrets buried in time. By dedicating our efforts toward building the TPMC, we are positioning the University of Missouri–Columbia to benefit the state and to develop life-saving cures to patients around the world,” Chair of the Board of Curators David Steelman said.

Mizzou’s Translational Precision Medicine Center is a high priority for the UM system as the Board of Curators also approved of an increase in Mizzou’s research funding. In the board’s resolution, they recognized that Mizzou is one of 17 universities in the nation that functions as a land grant and Carnegie Doctoral University. The university’s nuclear research reactor which is the world’s most powerful university research reactor, and more of the university’s research achievements were given praise.

The board went on to state they approved the significant increase in funding, with “emphasis on competitively-funded federal support, the expansion of graduate student research and education, and the expansion of postdoctoral researchers.”

Although the meetings have concluded, the archived audio can be found on the official UM system website.