Last Friday we inducted the sixth class into the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees were Maya Angelou, Bill Clay, Sr., Bill Darr, Emily Geraghty and Doug Pitt. You can learn more about the inspiring stories of inductees from this year and prior years on the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame webpage.
We hosted our largest crowd ever for this year’s induction ceremony and banquet. Thanks to everyone who attended.
If you have a nominee for the Public Affairs Hall of Fame, please submit a nomination form online.
Making Missouri stronger
Last week we had the privilege of hosting the Hawthorn Foundation’s board of directors in Springfield. The Hawthorn Foundation consists of Missouri leaders in business, education, economic development, healthcare and labor dedicated to making the state of Missouri stronger. I am on the board for the Hawthorn Foundation and its subsidiary, the Missouri Partnership.
I was the keynote speaker at the meeting. My presentation focused on the growth of Springfield and Missouri State University’s local and statewide leadership. Highlights from my presentation include:
- 20,026 students from the state of Missouri are enrolled on Missouri State University’s Springfield campus. This is more than any other university in the state.
- Enrollment on the Springfield campus has grown by 17.2% since 2011. Meanwhile enrollment has decreased by 9.2% nationwide and 11.3% in Missouri.
- Over the last decade, tuition at Missouri State has increased by less than inflation.
- Missouri State University receives less state funding per student than any other university in the state. We are working with the legislature to close this gap with an equity adjustment.
Influencing the action plan
Earlier this week, Craig Frazier, vice chair of MSU’s Board of Governors, and Kristan Gochenauer, board secretary, attended the Association of Governing Board’s National Conference on Trusteeship. Governor Gabriel Gore and I also planned to attend, but weather-related flight delays thwarted our travel plans.
The conference included a workshop on how universities can stay relevant and competitive in challenging times. The conference included another workshop on growing and diversifying revenue. A former Walt Disney executive presented a keynote titled “Leading for Creativity.” A former chief economist at CNBC presented another keynote about negative market indicators and how higher education institutions should be prepared for the future economic landscape.
We will discuss the information conveyed at the AGB conference at our May Board of Governors meeting. These and other higher education trends will guide our work this summer on next year’s action plan.
Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!