UM System President Tim Wolfe begins Show Me Value tour

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 | 6:12 p.m. CST; updated 7:56 a.m. CST, Thursday, March 7, 2013

COLUMBIA — UM System President Tim Wolfe will spend Friday morning talking with Moberly eighth- and ninth-graders about the value of higher education.

This trip is the first in a tour of Missouri communities to deliver his Show Me Value message, which emphasizes the personal and societal benefits higher education can provide.

In Wolfe's presentation, he will discuss how higher education changed his life and gave him a focus, UM System spokeswoman Jennifer Hollingshead said. His presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

After Wolfe leaves the schools, he will meet with local education, business and civic leaders to discuss barriers for attending college, ways to get more people to attend college and ways higher education leaders can promote the value of higher education in the community. 

He will also tour Orscheln Properties in Moberly and discuss how higher education prepares people for the workplace.

Wolfe said in his year-end wish list that he wanted to talk with Missourians about higher education funding issues.

Wolfe wanted to tour partly because of the November 2012 defeat of Proposition B, Hollingshead said. According to state estimates, this proposed tobacco tax increase would have generated between $280 million and $420 million, 80 percent of which would have funded higher education. The proposition was defeated by more than 2-1 in rural counties.

Wolfe also wanted to tour because of recent national questioning of the value of higher education and encouragement to find alternatives to a four-year degree program, Hollingshead said. One of his concerns is that this questioning is causing the message of the importance of college to get lost.

He will visit St. Joseph on March 22. Other trips are being planned and will continue to be planned for the remainder of the year, Hollingshead said.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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