UMKC announces new Chancellor

Reese Bentzinger

After a long search, UMKC finally found its Chancellor.

University of Missouri President Mun Choi announced this morning that C. Mauli Agrawal will be taking over the position starting June 20, 2018.

“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,” said Choi in an email to the campus community.

Agrawal is leaving his position as an interim provost at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He previously worked at the same university as vice president and dean at the College of Engineering.

“Mauli is a beloved member of the San Antonio community who has earned admiration and respect from the university community, the business community and civic leadership,” stated San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg.

Barbara Bichelmeyer, who served as interim chancellor since the departure of Leo Morton last year, will continue remain in her current position until Agrawal takes over. She will return to her position as provost this summer.

“I’m excited to partner with Chancellor-designate Agrawal and look forward to his arrival in Kansas City,” said Bichelmeyer.

Dr. Agrawal has a long history in academia, focusing on biomedical topics such as orthopedic and cardiovascular biomaterials/implants. He has written 300 scientific publications and is on several academic boards.

“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,” stated Agawal.

For more information, you can check out the official announcement at:

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