Matthew J. Wilson


Since the commencement of my tenure as President at Missouri Western State University in July 2019, I have been grateful to our students, employees, alumni, community members and supporters for helping write Missouri Western’s next chapter. Together, we have embarked on an exceptional journey that has made us even more distinctive. In fact, I hope that you will explore the following new initiatives:

  • Griffon Guarantee Scholarship – automatic yearly upgrades and guaranteed renewal at a 2.0 gpa.
  • Center for Service – obtain service learning credits at no cost that apply towards your degree.
  • Gold Fridays – four day week to enable work, internships, service, special events, extracurricular activities as well as engagement with faculty and staff on Fridays.
  • A+ Award for Service – awards service learning credit for A+ program students.

We are also excited to attract students, build community, and prepare out students through various new global initiatives and technology offerings related to esports. Student athletes will also benefit from the addition of women’s lacrosse in the 2020-21 academic year.

Our primary mission is to ensure our students receive the best experience possible to springboard them to a successful future. Please know that we are going to work harder than ever to accomplish that goal. With innovative degree programs, partnerships and outreach, we are committed to provide opportunities that are one-of-a-kind for our students, employees and region.

Personally, I am extremely excited about the opportunity to work together to make Missouri Western the best it can be.  To accomplish that, I welcome your feedback and suggestions any time. My email is  Please feel free to connect.

Together, we can succeed.

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Matthew J. Wilson

Center for Service

Students earn free college credit by volunteering.

Through the Center for Service, you can earn up to three credit hours free of charge when you complete qualified service learning opportunities. The newly established Center for Service will house the service learning for credit initiative as well as a military and veteran center, Early College Academy (high school college credit) and college completion degrees.

Gold Fridays

What will you do with your Gold Fridays?

Gold Fridays are innovative approach to course scheduling, where most classes will be held Monday-Thursday. Fridays will be open for you to engage in hands-on learning opportunities such as internships, volunteering, research, practice, club meetings, events, meeting with professors, travel, work and more.

Griffon Guarantee Scholarship

Griffon Guarantee Scholarship renews and grows each year.

The Griffon Guarantee Scholarship is a new scholarship program starting in fall 2020. It will start with an initial award ranging from $500-$6,500 that automatically renews and grows each year as long as you remain enrolled full-time, meet the hours completed requirement and are in good academic standing.

Making Progress, Finding Solutions

You talked, we listened. Thank you for providing feedback on how we can make Missouri Western even better. We have already started implementing some immediate solutions, including:

  • Added residence hall amenities
  • Campus beautification
  • Expanded transfer credit acceptance
  • Greener Campus
  • More community engagement
  • New band uniforms – coming soon!
  • More collaborative/study spaces on campus

If you have more ideas or feedback to share, please let us know.

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“I am humbled by the opportunity to lead Missouri Western during this exciting time in its history, and I want to thank everyone for their commitment to the University. The love and loyalty that you have for this important institution is evident.”

President Wilson