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For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Michele Hall, Boone County Commission Administrative Coordinator
Phone: (573) 886-4312

MU Master Plan and Climate Action Plan to be presented to Boone County Elected Officials

September 19, 2014

MU's dedication to stewardship at the educational, environmental and fiscal levels originates from its missions of teaching, research, public service and economic development. All master planning and climate action planning efforts support these goals.

Vice Chancellor-Operations and Chief Operating Officer Gary L. Ward will present the 2014 MU Master Plan and Climate Action Plan to the Boone County Commission at 3:30 p.m., on Monday, Sept. 22, in the Commission Chambers of the Roger B. Wilson Boone County Government Center.

Begun more than 30 years ago, Mizzou's Campus Master Plan and Climate Action Plan, a combined effort, is updated annually, allowing for flexibility to better address the needs of a growing, ever-changing campus. The 2014 plan focuses on the need to invest in building facilities and infrastructure that support science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine programs.

Ward directs administrative oversight of financial and service operations including: Campus Facilities, MU Police, Parking & Transportation Services, Printing Services, Gustin Golf Course, MU Sustainability Office, KBIA/MU Concert Series, KOMU-TV, Show-Me State Games, University Club and Catering, Missouri Theatre/Jesse Auditorium, and Environmental Health & Safety.

He came to MU in August 2005 to serve as associate vice chancellor-facilities, where he oversaw the completion of more than $500 million in construction projects at MU, the addition of 2.2 million gross square feet to campus, and the establishment of the MU Sustainability Office in 2009.

Ward began his career as an architectural job captain at Cavin Design Group in Oklahoma and later worked as a project manager at Bogard Guthrie & Partners and EDI Architects, both in Dallas, Texas. He became director of the Physical Plant at the University of Oklahoma in 1998, and in 2002 was named director of Physical Plant Operations at The Pennsylvania State University.

Ward graduated with a bachelor's degree in environmental design and a master's in business administration from the University of Oklahoma.