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Featured Profile: Steve Wyatt

Steve Wyatt is dedicated to bringing innovators, entrepreneurs, businesses and the University of Missouri together to improve people’s lives and increase economic competitiveness.

Since 1989, Steve Wyatt has supported entrepreneurs and businesses by leveraging the research, education, and outreach resources of the University to help them pursue the American dream. Wyatt has held various business development leadership positions for programs that have contributed hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact. In 2010, he became MU’s first Vice Provost for Economic Development. In this role, he provides leadership for MU’s economic development agenda: supporting Missouri’s industry and the economic development community, as well as promoting MU’s economic impact.

Synergy occurs when the private sector, the community and the university are brought together – each focusing on their core competencies to achieve a common vision. When it doesn’t matter who gets the credit, amazing things are possible. For example, Wyatt has been actively involved in major accomplishments at MU, including the sale of RADIL to IDEXX for over $40 million, Savage Rivers’ decision to locate a production facility that commercialized MU’s soy chicken and the recruitment of IBM to Columbia with 700 employees.

Steve Wyatt received a BS degree in business administration from Liberty University, VA in 1986, his MBA from the University of Missouri’s College of Business in 1989 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri’s School of Law in 1990. Steve is a member of the Missouri Bar.

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