Jun 9, 2006    #101
Contact: Nick Barron

Vorst Named Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Provost Bruce Bubacz has named Karen Vorst, Ph.D., as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, making her the first female to hold the position.

Vorst has established an outstanding academic and administrative career at UMKC over the past 25 years, teaching more than 2,000 students at all levels in the College. She brings to her new position a thorough understanding and appreciation of the complexities of the College, which is UMKC’s largest and oldest academic unit.

“Karen Vorst has impressed many people with her integrity, candor and willingness to take on difficult challenges,” Bubacz said. “She has been an energetic, thoughtful advocate for the College. The College will benefit greatly from her leadership and her recognition of the critical importance of collaboration between the schools across the campus. I look forward to a bright future for Arts and Sciences with Dean Vorst at the helm.”

Vorst has led or been a member of every committee within the College and, for more than a decade, has held major administrative positions, first as Interim Chair of the English Department (2003-2005), and then as Associate Dean of the College, prior to becoming Interim Dean in January 2006. Vorst is a two-time Fulbright Scholar and has held major leadership positions within the Missouri Valley Economics Association, including association president. In 2004-2005, she completed the University of Missouri President’s Leadership Development Program and was a 2003 participant in the National Science Foundation Advance Leadership for Women in Science. She is a 26-year member of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economic Profession and serves on both the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Advisory Board and the Chancellor’s Advisory Board for the UMKC Women’s Center.


Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind., Ph.D., Economics, 1980

Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, B.S., Business Administration, 1976

To review Vorst’s CV, see

"I am delighted to be named the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and am eager to continue working with the faculty and staff to provide our students with a first-rate education," Vorst said. "This is an exciting time at UMKC and I appreciate the opportunity to be part of the sustained progress we are making in educating our students."

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs.

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