Featured Profile: Jerry Frank
Dr. Jerritt “Jerry” Frank believes in Mizzou’s ability to change the world.
Frank is executive director of The Mizzou Advantage, an initiative that capitalizes on the University of Missouri’s greatest strengths. As its leader, Frank encourages connections among experts at MU, around the nation and across the globe.
Frank came to MU in 2010. His passion for teaching soon captured the attention of university colleagues and leaders, and in 2013 he was awarded a Provost’s Outstanding Teaching Award.
Before arriving at MU, Frank directed the Colorado Water Workshop at Western State Colorado University. There, he brought together scholars, students, industry, and policy makers to address pressing issues of water in the western states. Frank’s first book, Making Rocky Mountain National Park: The Environmental History of an American Treasure (2013), has been enthusiastically received by scholars and lay readers.
With a second book in the works, classes to teach and an initiative to run, Frank has a big job ahead of him. But where others might be daunted, Frank is enthusiastic. “I like to be a part of building and growing great things,” he explains. “MU is full of great minds. This is a chance to share their inspired work, build collaborations and partnerships, and make the world aware of what we have to offer.”