New UM System president Choi talks students, growth in Columbia visit

Mun Choi, the new president of the University of Missouri System, touted the importance of students and growth on a visit Thursday to the system’s flagship campus.

Choi, whose appointment was announced last month by the UM System Board of Curators, is touring all four of the system’s campuses this week.

In a speech in Columbia, Choi expressed an optimistic vision and outlined his plans to promote growth, both in “stature and reputation,” for a system struggling with budget cuts, administrative shuffling and enrollment decline.

He said he plans to make school more affordable for students, increase graduation rates and promote research and philanthropy in the UM System.

“As a land grant university, it’s our responsibility to bring benefits to all 114 counties of this state,” he said.

Read more: Columbia Missourian

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