The Kummer Institute Foundation Board of Directors met Friday, Feb. 26, to review progress implementing plans for the Kummer Institute, which was created last October through a $300 million gift from Missouri S&T alumnus Fred Kummer and his wife June.
Missouri S&T Chancellor Mo Dehghani, who also serves as chief executive officer of the Kummer Institute, was joined in the virtual meeting by several S&T leaders, including:
- Dr. Steve Roberts, interim provost, who reported on hiring plans for the Kummer College of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development and the four research centers of excellence associated with the institute, as well as progress to date of the Kummer Vanguard Scholars and Kummer Innovation and Entrepreneurship Doctoral Fellows programs.
- Dr. Costas Tsatsoulis, vice chancellor for research and graduate studies, Dr. Angela Lueking, associate dean of the College of Engineering and Computing, and Dr. Richard Brow, interim deputy provost for academic excellence. Tsatsoulis discussed how the institute’s four research centers of excellence would elevate Missouri S&T’s research efforts, while Lueking discussed an initiative known as the Manufacturing Missouri Ecosystem, which is intended to leverage Kummer Institute support to attract state, federal and corporate investment to boost manufacturing in Missouri.
- Andrew Careaga, chief marketing and communications officer, who discussed marketing efforts to support visibility, faculty hiring, and the scholarship and fellowship programs.
- Cuba Plain, interim vice chancellor of finance and operations, who presented the budget for approval by the board.
“The Kummer Institute Foundation board was very impressed with all of our presentations and expressed confidence in the team we have assembled to move June and Fred’s vision forward,” says Dehghani. “We’ve already accomplished much in a very short time with our Kummer Vanguard Scholars and I&E Doctoral Fellows programs, our hiring plan, our fundraising, and our visibility. More great announcements about the impact of this gift will be on the way soon.”
For more information on the Kummer Institute, visit KummerInstitute.mst.edu.