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State Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, said his bill restricting university appointments is meant to prevent potential conflicts of interest the public might see as unethical. The Senate gave first-round approval Wednesday to the bill, which bars the University of Missouri System's Board of Curators from appointing the governor who named them to the board as president.

University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe talks to 'St. Louis on the Air' host Don Marsh on Jan. 29, 2015, at St. Louis Public Radio in St. Louis.
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The University of Missouri System is doing well, president Tim Wolfe said Thursday, but some extra cash wouldn’t hurt.

“The quantity of students that we have are at all-time highs: 77,000 students. The quality of the students, as measured by their ACT score, now averages 26, which also is an all-time high,” Wolfe told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh. “The financial condition of the University of Missouri System is decent. Decent relative to our balancing the revenue and the expenses with the challenges that we have of keeping tuition low.”

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The University of Missouri–St. Louis is just a few miles from the Ferguson street where Michael Brown was shot and killed Aug. 9. Chancellor Thomas George said that wherever he goes, people ask about Ferguson.

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The University of Missouri is expanding an early alert system that tracks academic performance to all four of its campuses this fall.

The system, developed by the company Starfish Retention Solutions, is designed to improve retention and graduation rates by better connecting students, faculty and staff.  

The expansion follows the success of a pilot program at the university's Columbia campus that gives advisors real-time grading information on students and tracks performance trends among classes and subjects. 

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University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe was our guest today on St. Louis on the Air. He oversees the management of the four institutions within the system: University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Missouri-St. Louis, University of Missouri-Kansas City and Missouri University of Science and Technology, and has held the position since February 2012.

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For someone who was clueless about what he wanted to do after finishing high school, Luke Stephens has done quite well in life. 

He’s now Dr. Luke Stephens, with a degree in cell and molecular biology from Missouri State University in 2004, and a medical degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

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Despite financial concerns that threatened to derail its approval, a $17 million building for the optometry program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis won passage Friday, but not without reservations over how it will be paid for.

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Gov. Jay Nixon wants public universities in Missouri to keep their tuition the same for the 2014-15 school year in exchange for an increase of $36.7 million in his budget request for higher education.

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During the University of Missouri Board of Curators' two-day meeting at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the board unanimously approved the merger of the non-profit news organizations St. Louis Public Radio and the St. Louis Beacon, which is expected to be completed next month.

Leadership at both organizations has been planning the merger for more than a year.

St. Louis Public Radio’s license is held by the University of Missouri Curators, and the merger required the board’s approval.

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On the job since February, University of Missouri System President Timothy Wolfe leads an institution with four campuses, more than 74,000 students, and over 13,000 employees. He joined Don Marsh on St. Louis on the Air today from the Columbia studios of KBIA. You can hear their entire conversation in the St.

The new president of the University of Missouri system wants curators to soon decide whether to offer domestic partner benefits to campus workers.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that president Tim Wolfe says the Board of Curators should take up the issue before the end of the year. Some professors and other employees have long sought to expand health insurance coverage and other benefits to same-sex couples.

Wolfe told the newspaper that "we owe our great employees and potential employees a decision."

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Reporting from KCUR's Dan Verbeck used in this report.

The word “inevitable” is being teamed with “job-losses” if the University of Missouri system is unable to work its way out of an expected 12.5 percent cut in state funding for 2013. The statement comes from the University Curators interim president at the end of its meeting in Kansas City.

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New trouble for Ameren at Taum Sauk power plant

A recent memo to the Missouri Public Service Commission shows major problems for Ameren at its Taum Sauk power station.

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Timothy M. Wolfe, 53, has been named the as the newest president of the University of Missouri System this morning.

Wolfe, who will be the 23rd president in the System's history, begins his tenure in mid-February and succeeds Gary Forsee. Forsee resigned from his position in January to care for his ill wife.

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The nearly year-long process to replace University of Missouri System president Gary Forsee is nearing its conclusion.

Interim System president Stephen Owens sent out an email this morning  saying that Tuesday is the day and that the announcement will be made at the Reynolds Alumni Center on the grounds of the System's flagship campus in Columbia at 10 a.m.

The event will also be livestreamed on a website specifically designed for the occasion.

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The University of Missouri may soon require students to obtain written permission from their professors and classmates before making audio or video recordings of classroom lectures.

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University of Missouri curators will meet behind closed doors Monday night for the second time in two weeks as they continue to search for a new system president.

The governing boards' Presidential Search Committee is scheduled to meet at University Hall in Columbia and by teleconference for out-of-town curators. The search committee meetings are closed to the public.

Curators' chairman Warren Erdman said in October that he expected the board to soon narrow the presidential search to an unspecified number of finalists.

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Today, dozens of University of Missouri-St. Louis faculty and staff attended the second of seven public forums being held around the state by the Presidential Search committee for the next University of Missouri System President.

Betty Van Uum is assistant to the provost for public affairs at UMSL. She says the next University of Missouri System President should possess both good business and political acumen.