The University of Missouri – Columbia (MU), the flagship, land-grant, comprehensive research university of the University of Missouri System, seeks a Chancellor with the vision, strength, and diligence to lead the institution with vital research and scholarship, effective teaching, and dedicated service. The University enrolls over 30,000 students across 15 major academic units, employs 13,000 people including over 2,000 faculty, and has over 300,000 living alumni worldwide, with 160,000 in the state of Missouri. It is a Research One university and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). It has an operating budget of $2.2 billion, maintains the state’s Extension Program, and contains a robust, successful clinical and research medical enterprise, MU Health Care, the leading health care provider in Mid-Missouri, whose operations total over $1 billion. The University belongs to the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and has a large, historically prominent athletics program, widely followed and cheered, a source of great pride for students and alumni.

The flagship MU campus serves the entire, highly diverse state of Missouri and the region. The University sits in Columbia, a prosperous and growing metropolis with a population of over 115,000, rich in dining, shopping, and cultural establishments. MU’s Agriculture College, Extension, and Veterinary College are essential pillars of rural and agricultural Missouri, while its full range of professional schools and arts and science, medicine, business, and engineering programs are vital to the prosperity of the entire state and critical to the cutting edge businesses in St. Louis and Kansas City, the two urban cores that bracket the state’s Eastern and Western boundaries.

To prosper and fulfill the institution’s national role, MU’s next Chancellor must galvanize its very considerable assets, its reputation, its finances, its alumni, its fine campus, and its full range of disciplines and programs. Reporting directly to the President of the University of Missouri System, the Chancellor will lead MU with steadiness and determination towards a vision of academic and pedagogical excellence in service to the citizens of Missouri and the nation. The Chancellor will be an open and transparent communicator and collaborator, dedicated to inclusion and respect for all the University’s many diverse constituencies. The University has great natural assets and even greater aspirations. 

The executive search firm of Isaacson, Miller has been retained to assist the search committee, co-chaired by Dr. Elizabeth Loboa, Dean of the College of Engineering, and Leo Morton, Chancellor of the University of Missouri – Kansas City. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed to:

John Isaacson, Monroe Moseley, Vijay Saraswat, and Micah Pierce

Isaacson, Miller

263 Summer Street

Boston, MA 02210

Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

The University of Missouri System is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.