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Office of the President 2017-09-13T14:19:10+00:00
Robert Vartabedian

Dr. Robert Vartabedian

Welcome to Missouri Western State University!

I’m pleased to be in the middle of my tenth year at Missouri Western. It is very gratifying to be involved in enhancing the lives of our students and our community.

Just this fall, we welcomed over 1,000 new freshman to our campus to begin their collegiate careers. This reflects over a 16% growth over Fall 2016, all while keeping a high standard of academic excellence. With the increasingly effective retention efforts of our faculty and staff, this large freshman class should set into motion positive enrollment growth for the future.

Another area of growth for Missouri Western is our new degree programs that meet community needs. Our new Master of Business Administration program is a natural extension of the excellent Craig School of Business and already has over 45 new graduate students enrolled. We have also created two new options for our Associate in Manufacturing Engineering Technology program: Precision Machining and Instrumentation & Automation. These programs were created in direct response to the needs of local industry and citizens of our community to educate the workforce of the future and keep St. Joseph at the forefront of innovation in manufacturing.

Our athletics program welcomed nearly 80 new student-athletes to campus as they compete in the inaugural seasons of our new Cross Country and Track and Field programs. We expect them to be very competitive and are proud to have them represent the Griffons and bring championships back home to St. Joseph in the near future.

Since I began my presidency at Missouri Western nearly ten years ago, we have made a concerted effort to renew, renovate and expand our campus to meet the needs of today’s students. With thanks to the state legislature and private donors, we have been able to complete nine new construction projects and eight major building renovations since 2009. Continuing in this direction, we are ready to focus our efforts on “closing the loop” on the Potter Hall project and moving forward on land leasing opportunities to create additional revenue streams for the University and add to the vibrancy of our campus and the surrounding areas.

We invite you to join us on campus to enjoy one of our many educational, artistic or athletic events. Or just come by to see what’s new and to find out why “Everything is Possible” at Missouri Western State University.


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