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Ambrose Appointed to Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry Board

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (July 26, 2017) – University of Central Missouri President Charles Ambrose has an opportunity to impact positive change in positioning the state for business and job growth as a member of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry Board of Directors.

UCM President Charles Ambrose

Ambrose was notified in July of his board appointment by Daniel P. Mehan, president and chief executive officer for the Missouri Chamber. As such, he will be attending the board’s next meeting Nov. 16-17 in St. Louis.

“The heart of any association is the board of directors,” Mehan said in a letter welcoming Ambrose to the board. “The primary mission of the Missouri Chamber is to be the premier advocate for Missouri employers in the General Assembly. We believe the support and strength of our board enables us to achieve our mission.”

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry was founded in 1923, then called The Missouri Association for a Greater Missouri.  The organization has gone through name changes over the years while continuing to provide a voice to legislators on behalf of employers related to issues such as workers’ compensation reform, anti-trust law reform, air and water pollution control, hazardous waste management, public employee collective bargaining, taxation, labor relations, consumerism, increased regulation of business by the state and more. In the last decade the Missouri Chamber has been at the forefront in areas that include the adoption of innovative economic development tools that will allow the state to better position itself for job creation. This is consistent with “Missouri 2030 – An Agenda to Lead,” a 15-year strategic plan developed by the Missouri Chamber Foundation to help position the state as a global economic leader.

“It is a privilege to serve on the Missouri Chamber’s Board of Directors,” Ambrose said. “Being part of this organization exemplifies UCM’s desire for campus leaders to develop strong connections with business and industry. Supporting opportunities for better job growth, economic activity and output for this state also is closely connected to higher education as colleges and universities are responsible for providing workforce training needed to achieve economic goals.”

Ambrose has served as UCM’s president since August 2010. In this role he has been a strong proponent of opportunities to form partnerships with business and industry that help make college more accessible and affordable for students, while also reducing student debt load and accelerating degrees. Such efforts have included the trailblazing Missouri Innovation Campus, a joint initiative of UCM, the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Metropolitan Community College, and more than 40 business partners in the Kansas City metropolitan area. It also has included Innovation Track opportunities with public school districts that help reduce the time and cost of a college education for students who pursue their higher education while still in high school.