Mental health advocate, leader awarded Chancellor’s Medallion

by | May 4, 2015

Director of the Missouri Department of Mental Health Keith Schafer (center) was awarded the Chancellor's Medallion on May 1.
Director of the Missouri Department of Mental Health Keith Schafer (center) was awarded the Chancellor's Medallion at the 39th annual Chancellor's Report to the Community on May 1.

Director of the Missouri Department of Mental Health Keith Schafer (center) was awarded the Chancellor’s Medallion at the 39th annual Chancellor’s Report to the Community on May 1.

It was an afternoon of awards May 1 at America’s Center in downtown St. Louis. Following the 39th annual Chancellor’s Report to the Community, Chancellor Tom George recognized some of the people who have helped advance the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Keith Schafer, retiring director the Missouri Department of Mental Health, didn’t leave empty handed.

In fact, George presented Schafer with the university’s highest honor – the Chancellor’s Medallion. Schafer’s leadership in the mental health community and his pivotal role in the evolution of the Missouri Institute of Mental Health at UMSL earned him the distinction.

For three decades, Schafer has addressed mental health challenges through varied efforts, from expanding access for persons with developmental disabilities to assisting law enforcement officers with effective response.

“His work has positively impacted Missourians from all walks of life,” said Master of Ceremonies and KMOX reporter Kevin Killeen. “UMSL is proud to call Dr. Schafer a true friend of the university.”

The Chancellor’s Medallion recognizes distinguished contributions to the development of UMSL, St. Louis and the greater global community.

Share
Marisol Ramirez

Marisol Ramirez

Eye on UMSL: A day in the life
Eye on UMSL: A day in the life

Students from UMSL’s College of Optometry and College of Nursing participated in a simulation designed to expose them to the complexities of poverty.

Eye on UMSL: A day in the life

Students from UMSL’s College of Optometry and College of Nursing participated in a simulation designed to expose them to the complexities of poverty.

Eye on UMSL: A day in the life

Students from UMSL’s College of Optometry and College of Nursing participated in a simulation designed to expose them to the complexities of poverty.