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Interim Chancellor’s bio

About UMKC’s Interim Chancellor

University of Missouri System President Mun Choi has announced that Barbara A. Bichelmeyer, who also serves as executive vice chancellor, will take the reins until a permanent replacement for Leo Morton is found.

Bichelmeyer, Ph.D., an academic leader in the field instructional design and technology, was appointed as Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City in August 2015.    

Bichelmeyer, a Kansas City native, most recently served as Executive Associate Vice President for University Academic Affairs for the seven campuses of Indiana University, as well as founder and Senior Director for IU's Office of Online Education.  Bichelmeyer was a tenured full professor at IU's Bloomington campus.
For most of her 30-year career as a faculty member and administrator, Bichelmeyer has examined how higher education is affected by technology and how technology is incorporated into the classroom. This background fits well with her tasks as UMKC’s chief academic officer: enhancing UMKC’s capacity for academic excellence, expanding the growth of external funds for research and outreach, and facilitating interaction among schools, departments and programs.

Bichelmeyer’s most important projects are to increase student retention and success, to support faculty in research and teaching, and to engage with the Greater Kansas City community to support civic initiatives and economic development.  

Bichelmeyer earned her Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree in 1982, a Bachelor of Arts in English (1986), a Master of Science in Educational Policy and Administration (1988), and a Ph.D. in Educational Communications and Technology (1991), all from the University of Kansas.

Bichelmeyer has served as consultant for performance-based instructional design, technology integration, and human and organization performance effectiveness, and evaluation of instructional and organizational development programs to numerous organizations including the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Indiana Supreme Court Commission for Continuing Legal Education, Procter & Gamble, Eli Lilly, Microsoft, Sprint, the United States Coast Guard, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.