COLUMBIA, Mo. - On Monday, University of Missouri System President Mun Choi announced that he has appointed Dustin Schnieders as the director of government relations for the UM System.
The announcement comes weeks after Choi canceled the search for an executive director.
Schnieders is currently the chief of staff for Missouri State Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richards and will begin his new position on Nov. 1.
"Dustin is a product of public higher education in Missouri, and his experience and expertise are what we need moving forward," Choi said. "He understands and has deep relationships with elected officials and the citizens of Missouri."
"I'm very excited to join the University of Missouri," Schnieders said. "The university is extremely valuable to the state in so many ways. From research and economic development that create jobs to educating the future leaders of the state, the University of Missouri is pivotal to the future prosperity of the state. I'm looking forward to working with our legislators and helping university leaders ensure that the university's priorities align with the state's future success."
Choi said some of Schnieders' priorities include developing a comprehensive program to rebuild relationships with elected officials and citizens of Missouri and monitoring the status of the university's legislative priorities.