KRISTIN SOBOLIK, PHD
CHANCELLOR, UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI–ST. LOUIS
Kristin Sobolik is the eighth chancellor of the University of Missouri–St. Louis and leads the region’s premier public research university which enrolls nearly 16,000 students, employees more than 2,300 and generates an annual economic impact of more than $430M. As an anchor institution and a workforce driver, UMSL has the largest alumni base in the metro region with alumni generating a $13.4B annual economic impact to the state.
Sobolik first joined the University of Missouri–St. Louis community in 2017 as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs – quickly rising to the role of executive vice chancellor followed by her appointment as interim chancellor and then chancellor in 2020. Prior to UMSL, Sobolik served in administrative and faculty roles at Wright State University and the University of Maine, graduating with her degree in Biology from the University of Iowa and her master’s and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Texas A&M University.
Throughout her time at UMSL, Sobolik has led the development and implementation of the university’s strategic focus on student success, educational relevancy, inclusive prosperity, and economic growth and development with collaborative asset alignment with other regional and national partners. Under her leadership, UMSL has introduced over a dozen new academic programs, increased student graduation rates while decreasing student debt, increased private philanthropy by more than 20%, grown research expenditures by 157%, and increased US News and World Report rankings as a National Tier One institution by 69 places.
Under her leadership, UMSL completed a Campus Master Plan in 2021 that established a vision for the physical transformation of the campus designed to serve UMSL and the region well into the future. Implementation involves consolidating the university’s academic core on its north campus paving the way for the university to establish a North County Business and Workforce District on 35-acres located on the south campus. During the 2022 Missouri Legislative session, Sobolik helped navigate a capital funding package of $40M in unprecedented state funding to invest in the robust vision for the university with an additional $20M capital funding in the 2023 Missouri Legislative session.
As campus enters its 60th year of serving the St. Louis region, Sobolik pledges to advance a strategic vision to establish UMSL as one of the nation’s premier metropolitan universities and anchor institutions, committed to community collaboration and collective problem solving.
Sobolik serves as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities and is on the Advisory Council for the Commissioner of the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development, as well as numerous regional boards including Greater St. Louis, Inc., Cortex Innovation District, St. Louis Regional Business Council, the Urban League of Metropolitan Saint Louis, the Greater St. Louis Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and Christian Hospital. Her accomplishments on and off campus led the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio to award her with the Woman of Distinction Award in 2016, the St. Louis Business Journal to recognize her with a Most Influential Business Women award in 2020, the NAACP to award her with the Frankie Muse Freeman/Norman R. Seay Commitment to St. Louis Award in 2022, the Urban League of Greater St. Louis to award her a Distinguished Women’s Leadership Award in 2022, and she received The Good Scout Award in 2023 from the Greater St. Louis Council of the Boy Scouts of America.