Kristin Sobolik Is the New Chancellor of the University of Missouri-St. Louis

The University of Missouri Board of Curators has named Kristin D. Sobolik as chancellor of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has served as interim chancellor since last September.

The University of Missouri-St. Louis enrolls more than 13,000 undergraduate students and nearly 3,000 graduate students, according to the latest figures supplied to the U.S. Department of Education. Women make up 56 percent of the undergraduate student body.

Before being named interim chancellor last fall, Dr. Sobolik served as provost and executive vice chancellor at the St. Louis campus since 2017. In 2013, she was appointed dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. From 2010 to 2013, Dr. Sobolik was associate dean for research and external affairs for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Maine. Previously, she was chair of the department of anthropology at the University of Maine and director of the university’s Climate Change Institute.

“My driving passion to serve our students started three years ago when I fell in love with UMSL on my very first visit,” Dr. Sobolik said. “With each passing day, my commitment has grown to help these students succeed to graduation and design a better life for themselves and their families. I am so honored to lead this wonderful, dynamic institution that plays a crucial role in the St. Louis region.”

Dr. Sobolik is a graduate of the University of Iowa, where she majored in biology. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Texas A&M University.

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