To MU students, faculty and staff:

Welcome to Mizzou’s spring 2014 semester! We are extraordinarily pleased to have each and every one of you as a member of the MU family, and we hope that the 2014 year will provide new experiences, new friendships and new opportunities for learning, giving and growing. We wish you great academic success, personal and professional productivity, and career satisfaction throughout the coming months.

homepage-loftinThis is a particularly exciting time to be a Mizzou Tiger. We invite you join us in celebrating the 175th anniversary of the founding of the University of Missouri. From 1839 to 2014; from the university’s first president, John Hiram Lathrop, to MU’s incoming chancellor, R. Bowen Loftin; from one building, Academic Hall, and 44 acres to our current 1,250 acres with 345 buildings on the main campus; from 66 students to more than 34,000 students — the growth has been dramatic, and the history and traditions have been noteworthy.

As students at MU, you have positioned yourselves at one of the most vibrant learning communities in the nation. As faculty and staff, we are dedicated to serving our students as they build a strong foundation of knowledge and discernment to ensure their future success. To support our students in this endeavor is our greatest privilege. In so doing, let us all aspire to be true to the values of our great university: respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

We wish you the very best during your time at MU!

R. Bowen Loftin

Stephen J. Owens
Outgoing Interim Chancellor