The Distinguished Leaders in Higher Education lecture series opens the University of Missouri community to the experiences and expertise of higher education leaders across the nation and the world. Whether the speaker is a president of one of America’s leading research universities, or a panel of scholars from a host of backgrounds, this series is intended to broaden the discussion about critical issues facing higher education. Speakers will also highlight the value and challenges of the education and research landscapes, leadership and personal experiences.

The Office of the Chancellor and the Office of the Provost will co-host each lecture, and the campus community – and beyond — is invited to attend.


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Complimentary parking is available in Hitt Street Parking Structure on level 4 after 5:30 p.m.

About the Speaker:

An internationally respected economist who also has spent time in Washington, D.C., working for three different administrations, Rebecca Blank, PhD, has served as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 2013.

Blank previously served as deputy secretary and acting secretary of commerce and was a member of the Council of Economic Advisers. From 1999 to 2008, Blank was a dean and professor of public policy and economics in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. She also has served on the faculty at Northwestern and Princeton Universities, and was a fellow at the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy research think tank in Washington, D.C.

A native Midwesterner, Blank earned her bachelor’s in economics from the University of Minnesota and her doctorate in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Learn More About the Lecture Series:

MU hosted Satish Tripathi, president of the University at Buffalo, on April 22, 2019, for the inaugural lecture. President Tripathi’s lecture was titled “University Transformation and the Renaissance of a City.”