Missouri S&T Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader will discuss the importance of a college education with students from Houston Middle School in Houston, Missouri, on Friday, Nov. 6, as part of the Show Me Value Tour, a statewide initiative by University of Missouri System leaders. Schrader will visit Houston Middle School at 10:20 a.m. to speak with students about the importance of preparing for a college degree. A media availability with Schrader will follow from 11-11:15 a.m. at the middle school.
“As chancellor, I have a backstage pass to all of the wonderful education and research going on at our campus,” says Schrader. “On a daily basis, I see first-hand the transformative power of education. This tour is about sharing that a college education is the greatest opportunity for personal, lifelong success – and it’s never too soon to begin thinking about pursuing a college degree. By every measure – income, prosperity, health and civic engagement – a college education has a profound effect on individuals and their communities.”
While in Houston, Schrader will also meet with business, education and community leaders to discuss pathways to a college education.
Schrader, the 21st leader in Missouri S&T’s 145-year history, joined the campus as chancellor in April 2012. She holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and is one of the few female engineers to ascend to the top leadership position of any U.S. college or university.
The Show Me Value Tour was established by UM System President Timothy M. Wolfe in 2013 as a way to highlight the benefits of going to college.
Missouri S&T is one of the four campuses of the UM System. Founded in 1870 as the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy and later named the University of Missouri-Rolla, Missouri S&T enrolls nearly 8,900 students and offers 97 degree programs in 39 areas of study, including engineering, science, computing, business, information systems, education, the humanities and the liberal arts. The university is known for the high starting salaries of its graduates in all disciplines.