On January 1, 2010, Steve Wyatt was appointed the first vice provost for economic development at the University of Missouri (MU). His responsibilities focus on MU’s economic development agenda, which includes supporting Missouri’s businesses and enterprises, economic development community, and promoting MU’s economic impact. Most recently, he has been appointed associate vice chancellor, in addition to his vice provost role, in support of the Office of Research. These new responsibilities include oversight of MU’s Sponsored Program Administration, which processes over $900 million in research proposals and accounts for grant expenditures totaling close to $190 million annually. In addition, he is responsible for the Office of Technology Management and Industry Relations which generates $7-$10 million in licensed revenue annually.
Wyatt has been actively involved in several major accomplishments at MU, including working with Northwest Medical Isotopes to invest $50 million to construct a radioisotope production facility at Discovery Ridge Research Park in Columbia, MO in 2014, Savage River’s decision to locate a production facility that commercialized MU’s soy chicken in 2012, and the sale of RADIL for $43 million in 2011.
Prior to this appointment, Wyatt served as the MU associate dean for entrepreneurship and economic development and, statewide business development program director for University of Missouri College of Engineering and University Extension. Steve was responsible for technical assistance programs of nearly $10 million that generated $1 billion in annual impact.
Wyatt received his B.S. degree in business administration from the Liberty University, Virginia, 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.