A message from the vice chancellor

Marshall Stewart

Marshall Stewart, vice chancellor
for extension and engagement

The past year was a busy one for University of Missouri Extension. While challenges vary a bit from one corner of the state to another, MU Extension remains committed to its long-standing mission of improving lives, businesses and communities.

Responding to direct input from local councils and the unique nature of each county, extension’s faculty, staff and volunteers connected millions of Missourians with knowledge they could put into action in a wide range of daily situations.

Through face-to-face programs, delivered by county-based Mizzou faculty, extension delivered impressive outcomes. For example:

  • MU Extension business specialists helped local Missouri businesses achieve sales increases of $186 million while creating or retaining 7,766 jobs.
  • Helping improve access to health care in local communities, MU Nursing Outreach made it possible for 2,094 nurses to keep their skills up to date.
  • 4-H youth development specialists and other extension team members worked with volunteers and community leaders to reach 230,000 youths ages 5 to 18 across the state.
  • Anticipating the needs of Missouri’s aging farm population, extension faculty developed workshops for estate planning, succession and retirement planning specific to farmers.

These are just a few examples of how Mizzou’s commitment to extension and engagement benefited Missourians this past year. While we are proud of the past year’s accomplishments, we believe we can accomplish more.

In the interest of better serving Missourians, we are conducting a statewide needs assessment. It includes extensive input from local communities and stakeholders. It will result in stronger alignment between extension programs and local needs.

It is my sincere desire that when the 2017 annual report is delivered, you will read about clearly defined needs and our strategies to address them.

Your support of MU Extension and our efforts in your community is greatly appreciated. As always, I welcome your input on how the University of Missouri can better serve the people.


Marshall Stewart