UM president to decide on consolidation

Elson Floyd might take over the job of MU’s departing chancellor.
Tuesday, December 9, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 3:17 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Elson Floyd
One year into his presidency of the University of Missouri system, Elson Floyd is a step away from making Missouri higher education history.

When the UM Board of Curators meets Thursday in Kansas City, Floyd will announce his decision on the possible consolidation of UM and MU administrative positions. As part of that decision, Floyd, 47, could combine the jobs of system president and MU chancellor into one position.

Change would save UM system money

It’s been 40 years since UM system President Elmer Ellis established a four-campus system run by a president who is detached from the campuses in Columbia, St. Louis, Kansas City and Rolla, each of which are run by a chancellor. Now, however, Floyd is considering drastic measures to save money after the university lost out on $158 million in state cuts and withholdings during the past three years.

While consolidation is an action item on the curators’ agenda, Floyd is keeping his decision close to his vest.

“Dr. Floyd has said that he will not discuss his ultimate recommendation until the day of the meeting,” UM spokesman Joe Moore said.

Plans to consider consolidation became public in July when MU Chancellor Richard Wallace announced he would retire at the end of the school year. For the past five months, system and campus administrators have examined the possibility of consolidating administrative functions and positions. Now, with the decision imminent, an air of anticipation exists at all four campuses.

Part Two: The effect on administrators

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