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 1000 new freshman to our campus to begin their collegiate careers. This reflects more than a 16% growth over the Fall 2016 semester, 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 welcomes 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 this fall for our R. Dan Boulware Convocation featuring Martin Luther King III on September 12, our Campus Visit Days for prospective students on September 23 and November 4, or any of our great academic and athletic opportunities throughout the year to find out why “Everything is Possible” at Missouri Western State University.
Robert A. Vartabedian