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Riding the Momentum of Research: Leadership Challenges in Public Research Universities

July 21-23, 2004

The Merrill Center hosted the 8th annual retreat in its series The Research Mission of Public Universities on July 21-23, 2004. Twenty senior administrators and faculty attended from the four Heartland states – Kansas , Missouri , Iowa and Nebraska . The keynote speaker, Mary Sue Coleman, President of the University of Michigan, talked about Michigan’s success in attracting major investments for research facilities. Conference participants (.pdf) talked about launching a new regional initiative that could significantly advance the research funding potential for each institution in the four-state partnership. Three other Chancellors attended: Bob Hemenway (KU), Harvey Perlman ( Nebraska ), and Jon Wefald (President - K-State), as well as Dave Shulenburger (Provost – KU). Keith Yehle , Legislative Director for Senator Pat Roberts, is also a regular participant. These lively dialogues have been captured in a publication by the Merrill Center. The full-text of the 2004 white paper (.pdf) is available for reading online. A conference photo gallery is also available.

Keynote Speaker:

Mary Sue Coleman >>
President of the University of Michigan


photo of Mary Sue Coleman
photo of The Barn
The Barn Bed and Breakfast Inn - retreat facility


Five public universities were represented at this 4-state Heartland retreat:

  • University of Kansas-Lawrence and the Medical Center in Kansas City
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Kansas State University
  • Iowa State University
  • University of Missouri-Columbia
photo of Jon Wefald, Harvey Perlman, Bob Hemenway Chancellors who attended - left to right: Jon Wefald (K-State),
Harvey Perlman (Nebraska) and Robert Hemenway (KU)

Photo gallery online!

group photo

standing, left to right: Ron Trewyn, Jon Josserand, Lisa Freeman, David Shulenburger, Prem Paul, Jim Bloedel, Meredith Hay, George Wilson, Bob Woody, Jim Roberts, Susan Sheridan, Robert Brown, Keith Yehle, Joy Simpson
seated, left to right: Barbara Atkinson, Steve Warren, Kim Wilcox, Jon Wefald, Harvey Perlman, Mary Sue Coleman, Robert Hemenway, Mabel Rice, Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett, Robert Barnhill, Dick Schiefelbusch

conference photos by Earl Richardson

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