UMSL Tom George (sitting) and Jim Widner, director of jazz studies at UMSL, perform at a retirement reception last month for the College of Education and College of Fine Arts and Communication deans.

University of Missouri–St. Louis Chancellor Tom George was the subject of a profiled published Wednesday by the St. Louis Beacon. The online publication provided a look at a day in the life of the George, an overview of his seven years as chancellor at UMSL and a look ahead to the university’s future. The article also touched on George’s work as a researcher in chemistry and physics, jazz pianist and relationship builder.

Under George’s leadership, the university has developed partnerships with major companies like Emerson and Express Scripts, and UMSL reached its $100 million goal for the Gateway for Greatness Campaign two years prior the 2012 deadline. The new goal is $150 million.

“You have to develop relationships,” George told the St. Louis Beacon. “Just because you go and ask them for money doesn’t mean you’re going to get it. They have to get to know you.”

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