Community Leadership and Partnerships

  • Develop new partnerships and expand existing partnerships with stakeholders to address matters impacting our community (e.g., poverty, health, access to news and information, etc.).
  • Centralize internship development, marketing, and promotion to match students with organizations and businesses in the community.
  • Develop opportunities to connect faculty, staff, and students across campus to the university’s economic development resources and community partnership work.
  • Develop and implement strategies to recruit and support teachers in rural schools and reestablish community learning centers in rural communities.
  • Establish the Missouri Cybersecurity Center of Excellence in IDEA Commons.
  • Continue to expand the university’s economic development activities in IDEA Commons by expanding the efactory Corporate Partner Program and the number of Corporate Affiliates at the Blunt Center, increasing economic development collaboration throughout southwest Missouri, and creating new opportunities for free business training and services.