The Flagship of the Future: Achievements and Future Direction

During the February 6, 2020 meeting for the University of Missouri Board of Curators, Chancellor Alexander Cartwright presented on “The Flagship of the Future: Achievements & Future Direction.” He highlighted Mizzou’s exceptional growth and outlined a comprehensive plan to build on excellence.

The Chancellor began with a discussion of recent progress in key areas such as student success, research and creative works, inclusive excellence, philanthropy and engagement. Some examples include:

  • a 38% increase in first-year and transfer enrollment over the past two years,
  • a 23% increase in total research awards last year,
  • an 8% increase in research expenditures year to date,
  • a record-breaking year for giving last year,
  • and innovative engagement initiatives such as Show Me Mizzou Day and Mizzou to You.

The presentation then shifted to a vision for building excellence that is based on three broad strategies:

  1. Innovation through collaboration
  2. Excellence from difference
  3. Confidence to change

Chancellor Cartwright discussed how each of these strategies will optimize growth at Mizzou. He also touched on several major initiatives that showcase how the university is embracing this vision: the new Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield Music Center, the NextGen Precision Health Institute, the Faculty Institute for Inclusive Teaching, the university’s new budget model and partnerships with industry and government. He stressed that building excellence at Mizzou is about knowing who we are — a flagship, land-grant, AAU institution that’s a member of the SEC and proud of its Midwestern identity. This climate empowers our people to take risks, be innovative, be creative and work together to solve the world’s grand challenges.