Our country and our community are in the midst of a critical yet exciting time, one full of endless possibilities and sizable challenges. We need innovators to fill unmet niches in business and the health sciences, problem solvers to tackle the educational crises in urban communities and visionaries to champion the arts.
Those leaders are here at UMKC. We are poised to take our place as a model urban research university. Across our campuses and in our diverse schools and departments, the momentum toward that goal is palpable.
UMKC’s world-class programs, such as those in the School of Dentistry and the Conservatory of Music and Dance, are already making a dramatic difference locally and globally. In the past few years, we have been building on that tradition of excellence. Our nationally recognized Institute for Urban Education (IUE) and Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (IEI) exemplify the types of programs we will continue to deploy to meet today’s – and tomorrow’s – most pressing needs.
Today, we are poised to take the next step toward building UMKC into a preeminent urban university that will have an even greater impact.
This is the time. The need for our university to offer innovative, effective programs that will help our city and our nation regain their competitive edge is greater now than ever before.
This is the place. UMKC is in a position to seize the opportunities before us. With our diverse student body, talented faculty and forward-thinking administrators, everything is in place for us to succeed.
Join us in this campaign to make UMKC the university it is destined to be.
Leo E. Morton