Meet the vice chancellor
Marshall Stewart provides leadership through the University of Missouri Office of Extension and Engagement for statewide extension and continuing education efforts, as well as university-wide engagement. Through its campus faculty and statewide network of county offices and specialists in all 114 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis, MU Extension delivers almost $1 billion in economic impact to Missouri’s economy.
Dr. Stewart also is the chief engagement officer for the University of Missouri System, leading statewide outreach and engagement strategies with leaders at the four System universities and with key constituent groups such as the Missouri 100, Friends of the President and Intercampus Alumni Council.
In these dual roles, Dr. Stewart envisions a 21st century model for extension and engagement. Committed to inclusive, participation-driven leadership, he works to build vibrant, relevant programs that best serve the diverse needs of people and communities across Missouri.
Through a comprehensive All Things Missouri statewide needs assessment, Dr. Stewart initiated an organizational restructuring to better align MU Extension and engagement work around Missourians’ grand challenges related to economic opportunity, educational access and excellence, and health and well-being.
He mobilizes talents, resources and research across the state, UM System universities and MU academic units to address these needs. The UM System broadband initiative, for instance, is building partnerships with state and local government, business and community leaders to bring reliable, affordable broadband to all Missourians. A new community health program area within extension strengthens collaboration across medical, nursing and health professions schools and links the NextGen precision health initiative with rural health needs.
Initiated in Fall 2019, the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council works to ensure that MU Extension embodies the MU Inclusive Excellence Framework in its deep commitment to engaging with, involving and serving all voices and perspectives within our communities, counties, state and beyond.
Dr. Stewart also has overseen the creation of four new advisory and advancement groups, including the Land-Grant Society, to help shape the current and future vision of university extension, engagement and outreach.
Through the MU Engagement Council, Dr. Stewart and extension leadership work across academic disciplines to increase partnerships, expand the university’s statewide impact and strengthen its land-grant roots as the university for Missouri.
Throughout his 30-year career, Dr. Stewart has served on — and held leadership and management positions with — many state and national boards, committees and initiatives focused on expanding engagement in higher education. He is recognized for his expertise in leadership development, strategic planning, legislative affairs, and youth and agricultural education and advocacy.
Nationally, he chairs the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities (APLU) Committee on Legislation and Policy and serves on the APLU Council for Economic and Community Engagement (CECE) Executive Committee, the Engagement Scholarship Consortium Board and the 4-H Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP). He is a member of the Missouri Broadband Access Working Group and of the Missouri Manufacturing Policy Academy core team. Missouri Governor Mike Parson also has appointed Dr. Stewart to the Missouri 2020 Complete Count Committee, as well as the Show-Me State Food, Beverage, and Forest Products Manufacturing Task Force.
He co-chairs the Engagement and Outreach Committee for the UM System Strategic Plan; serves on the UM System Executive Data Governance Council, the NextGen Precision Health External Relations Committee, the MU Strategic Planning Executive Committee and Missouri 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees; and he chairs the MU United Way Committee. He also teaches a graduate course, History and Leadership of the Land Grant University, in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.
Prior to his tenure at Mizzou, Dr. Stewart was at North Carolina State University (NCSU) where he served as director of college leadership and strategy in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. In this role, he also served as the director of the APLU Food Systems Leadership Institute, providing leadership education for food and agriculture systems leaders in higher education and industry. During his 20-plus years at NCSU, he also served as associate director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and department head and program leader of the State 4-H and the Family and Consumer Sciences Program. He was also state agricultural education director and state FFA advisor.
Dr. Stewart holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural education, a Master of Science degree in agricultural education and a Doctor of Education degree in agricultural and extension education from NCSU. He is an accomplished author, workshop presenter and speaker.