University of Missouri Chancellor Alexander Cartwright appointed MU Engineering Dean Elizabeth Loboa as the vice chancellor for Strategic Partnerships during his campus address on Wednesday. She will hold the position in addition to her duties as dean.
In this dual role, Loboa will be the primary MU contact for the UM System Precision Medicine Initiative, oversee the Translational Precision Medicine Complex public-private partnership planning and evaluate best practices throughout the nation to ensure MU is on the cutting edge of this field.
“As you know, the Translational Precision Medicine Complex is the UM System Board of Curators’ top capital priority, which will feature shared facilities that will foster partnerships among researchers of different disciplines and from different organizations, will help MU emerge as a global leader in biomedical research and maximize opportunities for external grant funding while enhancing Mizzou’s ability to recruit and retain the most talented researchers,” Loboa said.
Cartwright expressed the utmost confidence in Loboa’s ability to drive these various precision medicine efforts and ensure their success while continuing to build upon the strengths of the College of Engineering.
“Translational medicine offers the promise of scientific advancements that advance treatment of chronic and life-threatening conditions primarily in the vascular, neurological and cancer realms,” he said. “I look forward to Dean Loboa’s leadership as we meet these challenges.”
Loboa assured the faculty, staff, students and alumni of Mizzou Engineering that while her new position is of great importance, the College of Engineering and its future success is still paramount.
“I want to assure you that my new role will not pull me away from my duties as Dean, and I will continue to work alongside our strong leadership team — Associate Dean of Research Sheila Grant, Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Student Affairs Hani Salim and Associate Dean of Economic Development and Industrial Engagement Steve Devlin — to advance our Pillars of Pursuit in Educating Engineering Leaders, Big Data Analytics, Biomedical Innovations and Sustainability inFEWSed (Food, Energy, Water, Smart Cities),” she said.