Changes in UM System leadership as a vice president retires

Jun 6, 2013

Mike Nichols
Credit University of Missouri System

As one University of Missouri System vice president retires, the system is creating a different position to take over his responsibilities. 

June 7 is the last day of work for Mike Nichols, vice president for research and economic development for the UM System. Nichols is retiring from the position after working six years in the system and 25 years in the research and commercialization sector. Nichols’ position will not be filled directly, says Liz McCune, a UM system spokesperson. She says the vice president for academic affairs –a newly created position, will take over his responsibilities.

“They’re gonna be the chief academic officer for the university, they will oversee research and economic development and strategic planning,” McCune said. 

In a letter sent to employees last week, UM System President Tim Wolfe said he position hasn’t been filled yet, but that the search committee has narrowed its options to a few finalists.  The letter also says Wolfe hopes to announce who will get the new position in a few weeks.