Curators weigh key candidate

The vice presidential position will handle government relations.
Thursday, September 18, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 4:42 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

The UM Board of Curators is considering President Elson Floyd’s recommendation to appoint Stephen Knorr as the vice president of governmental relations in a meeting today.


The vice president will be the main person dealing with state and federal relations for the four-campus system. The board decided in July to establish this position by merging the offices of state relations and federal relations.

Since Knorr hasn’t been officially appointed, there is no information yet about his salary, said Katherine Harris, spokeswoman for the UM system.

Knorr graduated from MU in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics. He has been working for the UM system since 1994. He served as the director of development for MU’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources from 1994 to 1998. Since then, he has been the assistant to the president for UM federal relations.

He also serves as a director on the UMB Bank Advisory Board, the Executive Board for Northwest Rotary Club, the Executive Committee for the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges and Columbia’s Life Sciences Business Coalition. He also is a deacon at Broadway Christian Church.

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