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New chancellor named at UMKC

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Missouri System President Mun Choi announced Tuesday that C. Mauli Agrawal will take over the Missouri-Kansas City job June 20. (UMKC) Missouri System President Mun Choi announced Tuesday that C. Mauli Agrawal will take over the Missouri-Kansas City job June 20. (UMKC)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV/AP) -

An official from the University of Texas at San Antonio will be the new chancellor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Missouri System President Mun Choi announced Tuesday that C. Mauli Agrawal will take over the Missouri-Kansas City job June 20. He currently is vice president for academic affairs at Texas-San Antonio.

“I’m thrilled that Dr. Agrawal has agreed to serve as the next chancellor of UMKC, and I’m confident that the university will reach new heights of success in research, education and outreach through his leadership,” Choi said. “UMKC has an outstanding team of administrators, faculty, staff and alumni supporters who will work closely with him to achieve our collective vision.” 

Agrawal replaces Barbara Bichelmeyer, interim chancellor since Leo Morton left Missouri-Kansas City last year.

“I’m very excited to be chosen to help lead this great university. The potential for the University of Missouri-Kansas City is immense and exciting,” Agrawal said. “UMKC has all the elements necessary to make a great university. With strengths in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, business, engineering, arts and theater, the university is an exceptional anchor for economic development in the Kansas City region. I’m looking forward to working with UMKC’s faculty and staff as well as Kansas City’s civic leaders who are passionate about higher education and are constantly working to make Kansas City a great place to live, learn and work.”

Agrawal has been interim provost at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Previously, he was vice president of research and dean of the university's engineering college. He earned a doctorate from Duke University in 1989, a master's degree from Clemson in 1985 and a bachelor's degree from IIT-Kanpur in India.

“I’m very grateful for the work of the search committee members who spent countless hours reviewing and interviewing candidates,” Choi said. “I’m also extremely appreciative of Dr. Barbara Bichelmeyer, who has made important contributions as interim chancellor and provost at UMKC. Dr. Bichelmeyer will continue in her role as interim chancellor during the transition period and will return to her provost role when Dr. Agrawal arrives in June 2018.”

Choi said Bichelmeyer will continue to lead several new initiatives at Missouri-Kansas City.

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