A Word from the President

UCM Physical Campus a Work in Progress

Arron Podolefsky

It has been almost four years since I arrived at the University of Central Missouri, and I continue to be amazed at the progress we've made, not only academically but to our physical campus. What I have seen is a community that truly understands the value of working collaboratively to make important projects happen. I'm particularly pleased at how campus constituents have come together to develop creative solutions to address key facility needs that will benefit student learning, in addition to finding ways to become better stewards of our environment.

In April, we conducted a groundbreaking to publicly commemorate the renovation of the Morrow-Garrison buildings and to kick off construction of the adjacent Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Together, these projects represent nearly $36 million in facility improvements.

We also embarked on an innovative project that will allow us to simultaneously address a $36.1 million backlog of deferred maintenance projects in an 18-month period while enhancing energy conservation and cost savings. What's more, we'll be able to accomplish this through a financing agreement that allows us to reallocate dollars that would have gone to maintenance and repair. Our work in progress also involves projects at the Max B. Swisher Skyhaven Airport, including large-scale excavation and building a new apron, which will help us make the airport an exceptional educational and community resource.

As you read about the physical progress of the university, please keep in mind the need for continued support for these projects and, most importantly, student financial assistance. One of our major concerns is the ability of students and their parents to afford a college education in these uncertain economic times. While improving the physical plant of your university is important, students remain the heart and soul of UCM.

Aaron Podolefsky, Ph.D.
President, University of Central Missouri