UMSL Chancellor Tom George

UMSL Chancellor Tom George gives his annual report to the community on May 2 at America’s Center in downtown St. Louis. (Photo by August Jennewein)

With $120 million in construction and economic development on and around the University of Missouri–St. Louis campus, more faculty awards and nationally ranked programs, “UMSL is stronger than ever,” Chancellor Tom George told his constituents Friday.

George delivered the 38th annual Chancellor’s Report to the Community May 2 at America’s Center in downtown St. Louis. More than 850 people attended the event including Tim Wolfe, president of the University of Missouri System, business and community leaders, and state and local elected officials.

• George touted the $32 million Science Learning Building and $36 million Recreation and Wellness Center, which are under construction now and expected to be completed by the end of 2015.

• UMSL also expects to break ground this year on the $20 million first phase of a new Business Administration building. George said $12 million in private gifts have been raised toward a state match of $10 million.

• Also scheduled to break ground this year is the $17 million first phase of a proposed complex for the colleges of Optometry and Nursing.

•Missouri Department of Transportation will begin its $14 million transformation in June of a three-mile stretch of Natural Bridge Road between Hanley and Lucas and Hunt roads. The university is working with the community to attract new businesses to the area.

National rankings continue to validate UMSL’s outstanding academic strength.

U.S. News and World Report’s rankings this year revealed UMSL’s International Business program at 14th in the nation, and the graduate criminology program at fourth. UMSL’s online master’s in education program was ranked 25th and online bachelor’s programs were ranked 34th by U.S. News and World Report.

• Various graduate programs made U.S. News and World Report’s “Best” list including biology, education, clinical psychology, nursing, social work and public affairs.

• UMSL faculty ranked 14th in the nation for their research productivity in the category of high research activity. Academic Analytics, a company that ranks universities based on faculty research productivity, compiled the findings.

• UMSL made Washington Monthly’s “Best Bang for Your Buck” list – colleges that charge the least and award degrees that mean something in the marketplace. Ranked 56th among national universities, UMSL was one of only three Missouri universities to make the list.

Visit the HEC-TV website to view a video of the Chanellor’s Report to the Community.

Click here to view the Chancellor’s Report to the Community script and here to view the slideshow.

Maureen Zegel

Maureen Zegel