Turning a golf course into a nationally recognized research university in 50 years is no small feat. Throughout 2013, the University of Missouri–St. Louis is celebrating its enlightened beginnings at the Bellerive Country Club. In1960, the post-war baby boom and the G.I. bill had created a flood of potential college students across the nation. Visionary school leaders and citizens of Normandy, a suburb of St. Louis, Mo., passed a bond issue to purchase a 128-acre country club with the hopes of building a public university, the first in the region. When it was dedicated in 1963, the former clubhouse accommodated 672 students and 32 faculty members. Today, UMSL has nearly 17,000 students, more than 85,000 alumni and 2,700 faculty and staff members. It’s home to 10 colleges and schools and offers 91 degree programs.
Mission Statement:The University of Missouri–St. Louis provides excellent learning experiences and leadership opportunities for a diverse student body. Outstanding faculty and staff, innovative research, and creative partnerships foster synergies that advance the welfare of our stakeholders and benefit the global society.top
President's Quote:“Throughout 2013 we will celebrate the University of Missouri–St. Louis, an institution created by the dreams and determination of a handful of people. Hundreds of thousands of people helped build UMSL into one of the finest public research universities in the region, no, the country. The products of their efforts are the nearly 85,000 UMSL graduates who drive the economic engine of the St. Louis region and beyond. We invite everyone to join us in celebrating those who built this university, those who continue the work and the generations yet to come.” - Chancellor Tom George, speaking at the jubilee kickoff celebration. top
- UMSL's Whitney Harris World Ecology Center is the nation's largest and most diverse program in biology conservation.
- UMSL's doctoral program in Criminology and Criminal Justice ranked 4th nationally by U.S. News & World Report
- International Undergraduate Business program ranked 15th nationally by U.S. News & World Report (more than 10 years in the top 20).
- Forbes magazine ranked UMSL one of "America's Best Colleges."
- Carnegie Foundation designation: http://blogs.umsl.edu/news/2011/01/05/carnegie/
Fun Facts:Built on a golf course, students in the early years walked the front nine to and from classes, swam in the country club pool in the summer, and studied in the library that was once the country club ballroom. The men's shower room became the chemistry lab.top
- Warner Baxter, Chairman, President and CEO, Ameren Missouri
- Gary Belsky, Editor, ESPN Magazine
- William Carson, Chief of Police, Maryland Heights, Mo.
- Marie Casey, CEO, Casey Communications
- Paul Curtman, Missouri State Representative
- Frank Cusumano, Sports Reporter, Anchor, KSDK (Channel5)
- Wayne DeVeydt, CFO, Wellpoint Inc.
- Norman L. Eaker, CAO, Edward Jones
- Daniel Isom, Former Chief, Metropolitan Police Department, City of St. Louis, Currently Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, UMSL
- Elizabeth Fitzgerald, President, The Magic House
- Chuck Gatschenberger, State Representative
- Hubert Hoosman, President, Vantage Credit Union
- William Jackson, CFO, St. Louis Public Library
- Joe Keaveny, State Senator
- William Knoedelseder, Investigative Reporter and Best Selling Author of Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America’s Kings of Beer
- Kevin Mansell, Chairman, CEO, President, Kohls Corp.
- Art McCoy, Superintendent, Ferguson/Florissant School District
- Ron McMullen, President, Christian Hospital
- Cole McNary, State Representative
- Thomas Minogue, Chairman, Thompson Coburn LLP
- Gina Mitten, State Representative
- Genise Montecillo, State Representative
- Martin Mlynczak, Research Scientist at NASA
- John Nations, President, CEO of Metro
- Chris Nicastro, Missouri Commissioner of Education
- Juli Niemann, Executive Vice President, Smith Moore and Co., Financial and Investment Advisers
- Margaret O’Dell, Superintendent, National Mall, Washington, D.C.
- Harry W. Orf, Senior Vice President for Research Management, Massachusetts General Hospital
- Deborah Patterson, President, Monsanto Fund
- George Paz, President, Chairman and CEO Express Scripts, Inc.
- Dennis M. Reagan, President, CEO, Muny Opera
- Peter Schick, Chairman Emeritus, Principal, Moneta Group
- Vincent Schoemehl, Jr. President, CEO Grand Center, Former St. Louis Mayor
- Jill Schupp, State Representative
- Chrissy Sommer, State Representative
- Churie Spreng, State Representative
- Rick Stream, State Representative
- Steven Sullivan, CEO, President, Ameren Energy Marketing Company
- Earl Swift, author of “The Big Roads” and Staff Writer for the Virginian Pilot
- Steven Tilley, Former Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives
- Grayling Tobias, Superintendent, Hazelwood School District
- Sandra Van Trease, Group President, BJC Health Care
- Rochelle Walton Gray, Missouri State Representative
- Gina Walsh, State Senate
- Clint Zweifel, Missouri State Treasurer
Testimonials:“I believe that my educational preparation at the University of Missouri, St. Louis (UMSL) provided me with the knowledge and skills to succeed in an ever-changing world. UMSL was all about innovation, collaboration, change and pioneering. When I attended, UMSL was a youthful institution that used a trial and error approach to figuring out the world of higher education. My hat is off to those who began with a thread of an idea and a shoestring budget to turn a country club into a first rate university. Bravo and well done.” – Deborah Greiner Hutti, Ph.D., 1978
“It may sound like a cliché, but there really was a pioneering spirit in the early days. Many of the faculty came from top Ivy League schools—most of them were young and dedicated and caught up in the excitement of having a chance to be on the ground floor of shaping a demanding, top-quality curriculum. I was the fourth editor-in-chief of the Current (student newspaper). We steadily improved the newspaper’s quality and won our share of collegiate journalism awards. I would go on to get a journalism degree at Columbia University (N.Y.), but the foundation (and the newspaper clippings I used for my application there) was from my work on the Current.” – Doug Sutton, AB, 1970
“I came to UMSL in my mid-20s to begin my Masters in Counseling. I studied under some wonderful professors who inspired and encouraged us. My adviser told me I was ‘doctoral material.’ I wasn't at all sure, but she persisted and urged me until I applied for a doctoral program. I have now had my doctorate for 22 years and have been a professor for nearly as long, and well as a therapist in private practice. That early encouragement during my master’s program at UMSL helped define my life course. I am forever grateful for professors who believed in me and urged me to reach my potential.” – Becky Mulvihill McKenna, PhD.