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UCM Celebrates Dr. Curtis' New Position, Contributions to Campus


President Charles Ambrose distributed the following letter to campus by email yesterday. We are re-sharing for anyone who may have missed it.

Dear UCM Community Members,

With a real sense of appreciation and celebration I am letting you know Dr. Deborah Curtis, provost-chief learning officer at UCM, is being recommended to become the 12th president of her alma mater, Indiana State University (ISU) in Terre Haute, Ind. Indiana State will be releasing information about this appointment today, and Dr. Curtis' formal appointment will be confirmed by the school's Board of Trustees Nov. 15, with job duties to begin in January 2018.

Dr. Curtis becomes the first woman to ever serve as president of ISU, and one of only two graduates of that institution to become president. While I will miss Dr. Curtis on a personal and professional level as I know you will for all she has brought to UCM, we celebrate her well-deserved appointment, knowing that ISU has made an excellent decision with regard to its top leader. We are grateful for Dr. Curtis' strong leadership and commitment over the past five years that have allowed UCM to grow and succeed on many fronts. She was the first to fill the role of provost-chief learning officer at UCM, and under her leadership role, she helped define Learning to a Greater Degree. Her valuable contributions can be seen in student growth, development of many new academic programs, academic building renovation, and opportunities such as The Missouri Innovation Campus. She has been an integral part of the Strategic leadership Team, the Budget Working Group, and efforts to collaborate with and keep informed state legislators. She also became a leader among chief academic officers in the state of Missouri, and contributed to the success and education of Pre-K-12 students as a member of the Missouri Charter School Commission.

We thank Dr. Curtis for her contributions to UCM's faculty, staff and students, and wish her well on her new position, and know ISU will now have the benefit of her commitment and leadership in a way that will ensure her alma mater's continued success The attached news release (see link below) provides more details about Dr. Curtis' new role at ISU, and the selection process.

Joining you in service,

Chuck Ambrose

For more information:
Go to: https://www.ucmo.edu/news/curtis.isu.cfm
Contact Jeff Murphy at jmurphy@ucmo.edu or call 4640