Chancellor Agrawal greets students, shares excitement for upcoming year

Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal expressed his excitement for the upcoming year as he greeted incoming residents of Oak Street and Johnson Halls during move-in day.

Approximately 1,200 students moved into UMKC residence halls and apartments this year, and Agrawal shared how much he enjoyed the experience of welcoming them.

“I love this time of the year where students are coming in,” Agrawal said. “There is so much excitement and buzz. The weather is absolutely perfect for moving in, and everyone’s having a good time.”

Agrawal is most excited about the students in his first year as UMKC chancellor.

“I really enjoy helping get students where they need to be, helping them dream and fulfill the dreams they come in with,” Agrawal said.

Agrawal worked as the interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of San Antonio before taking the chancellor position in June, and he cited UMKC’s great opportunity as the primary reason for the move.

“UMKC has so much potential with where it’s based in Kansas City and where Kansas City is going,” Agrawal said. “All the components and disciplines, from health and biological sciences to music, the arts, business and engineering, you have everything.”

For Agrawal, the chancellor position at UMKC was one he simply couldn’t pass up.

“I moved after 27 years, not because I couldn’t move before that, but because this was the first time I couldn’t not move,” Agrawal said. “This is something wonderful that’s going to happen, and I want to be a part of it.”

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