Greetings!Matthew J. Wilson

As I officially began my tenure as President at Missouri Western State University, I want to thank our students, employees, alumni, community members and supporters for putting your faith in me to help write Missouri Western’s next chapter. Together, we can do exceptional things.

My 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.

While my professional career has taken me across the country and across the world, I truly believe that St. Joseph is an ideal place to call home. I believe we can develop even stronger connections with our community partners and look forward to engaging with our leaders and community members.

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.

Once again, thank you for being part of Missouri Western. I look forward to succeeding together.

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Matthew J. Wilson

Together We Soar: Success Story Scholarship

Together We Soar: Success Story Scholarship

In honor of President Wilson’s Installation and as a way to celebrate our students and their success stories, we have created a new scholarship opportunity. If you have a success story to share or a personal story about how your experience at Missouri Western has given you wings and helped you soar, we want to know!

Students earn free college credit by volunteering.

Students earn free college credit by volunteering.

Through the Center for Service, students can earn up to three credit hours free of charge when they 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), college completion degrees , non-credit courses and the testing center.

Installation Ceremony

Installation Ceremony

Matthew J. Wilson became President of Missouri Western State University on July 1, 2019. An educator, attorney, innovator and businessman, President Wilson has lived in Japan, South Korea and Saipan, and in several states in the U.S. He was formerly the President of the University of Akron.

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