Steve Wyatt was named Vice Provost for Economic Development for MU on January 1, 2010. His responsibilities focus on MU’s economic development agenda, which includes MU as an economic enterprise, targets how MU supports other Missouri enterprises, and how MU supports economic development in the state and the community. He maintains oversight of the Provost’s seven functional economic development committees:
- Commercialization of inventions and other intellectual property,
- MU as an economic driver,
- Direct support for existing businesses,
- Development of a professional workforce,
- Direct support for recruiting and retaining businesses to Missouri,
- Contributing to a high quality of life,
- Policy research that underlies economic development activity.
Prior to this appointment, Steve served as the Associate Dean for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development and, Statewide Business Development Program Director for University of Missouri College of Engineering and University Extension. Steve’s key responsibility was to provide entrepreneurship leadership within the College of Engineering. In addition, Steve provided leadership for the Missouri Small Business Development Centers, Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Missouri Federal and State Technical program, Career Options, Missouri Market Development, Missouri Film Office, and various environmental programs.
Steve began his involvement with the University as a Missouri Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) counselor in 1987. He became the Associate Director for the Missouri SBDC in 1989. As Associate Statewide Director, he provided leadership for the internal operations of the SBDC, provided legal assistance to University Extension and directed the Missouri Procurement Assistance Center. In 2001, Steve became the Statewide Business Development Program Director, and in September of 2008, was named Associate Dean in the College of Engineering and Extension Professor.
Since 2002, Steve has served on the Director’s Council for the national eXtension Initiative and Foundation.
Steve received his BS degree in business administration from the Liberty University, VA in 1986, his MBA from the University of Missouri in 1989, and his JD from the University of Missouri in 1990. He is a member of the Missouri Bar and practices law on a part-time basis.
Steve is certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council. He is married to Tamela and has three children.