Meet the vice chancellor

Marshall Stewart has served as vice chancellor for extension and engagement at the University of Missouri since August 2016, overseeing an $82 million budget with 650 faculty and staff. He provides leadership for MU Extension and continuing education programs, as well as university-wide engagement. Through its campus faculty and statewide network of county offices and specialists, extension delivers almost $1 billion in economic impact to Missouri’s economy.

Dr. Stewart also is the chief engagement officer for the University of Missouri System, where he leads statewide outreach efforts and engagement strategies with leaders at all four System campuses and with key System constituent groups — such as the Missouri 100, Friends of the President, Intercampus Alumni Council and the MU State Extension Council.

In these dual roles, Dr. Stewart is committed to inclusive, transparent, participation-driven leadership to help MU and the UM System build vibrant, relevant programs that best serve the diverse needs of the people and communities across Missouri.

His All Things Missouri initiative aims to create a 21st century model for extension and engagement. In more than 50 listening sessions in all 114 Missouri counties and St. Louis City, Dr. Stewart gathered ideas and concerns about the state’s future from internal and external audiences across Missouri. This statewide needs assessment — coupled with quantitative surveys and an independent third-party review of extension’s programs — identified MU Extension’s and the university’s impact and strengths, as well as opportunities for improvement in serving all of Missouri.

In FY 2018, Dr. Stewart initiated a staff restructuring to better align extension’s field faculty and specialists around core needs and challenges that Missourians had identified related to economic opportunity, health and well-being and educational access and excellence.

Another key outcome of this assessment process has been the development of the MU Engagement Council. Through this initiative, Dr. Stewart works across academic disciplines to increase partnerships, expand the university’s statewide impact and strengthen its land-grant roots as the university for Missouri.

Throughout his 30-year career, Dr. Stewart has served on — and held leadership and management positions with — many state and national boards, committees and initiatives focused on expanding engagement in higher education. He is recognized for his expertise in leadership development, strategic planning, legislative affairs, and youth and agricultural education and advocacy.

Nationally, he chairs the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities (APLU) Committee on Legislation and Policy and serves on the APLU Council for Economic and Community Engagement (CECE) Executive Committee, the Engagement Scholarship Consortium Board and the 4-H Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP). He is also a member of the the Missouri Broadband Access Working Group and of the Missouri Manufacturing Policy Academy core team.

Dr. Stewart has co-chaired search committees for a new MU Provost and MU/UM System Chief Information Officer and has been part of several other searches for key leadership positions, including Chancellor. He also co-chairs the Engagement and Outreach Committee for the UM System Strategic Plan, serves on the MU Strategic Planning Executive Committee and Missouri 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees and chairs the MU United Way Committee.

Prior to his tenure at Mizzou, Dr. Stewart was at North Carolina State University (NCSU) where he served as director of college leadership and strategy in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. In this role, he also served as the director of the APLU Food Systems Leadership Institute, providing leadership education for food and agriculture systems leaders in higher education and industry. During his 20-plus years at NCSU, he also served as associate director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and department head and program leader of the State 4-H and the Family and Consumer Sciences Program at NCSU. He was also state agricultural education director and state FFA advisor.

Dr. Stewart holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural education, a Master of Science degree in agricultural education and a Doctor of Education degree in agricultural and extension education from NCSU. He is an accomplished author, workshop presenter and speaker.