Leadership Bios

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Thomas F. George is chancellor and professor of chemistry and physics at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. In addition to his role as campus and community leader, fundraiser and professor, he is an active researcher whose interests are primarily in the theory of chemical physics, laser-materials interactions, nanoscience and nanomedicine. His work has led to 730 papers, five authored textbooks and 16 edited books and volumes. An accomplished jazz pianist, George has studied with faculty at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. He has performed extensively in public throughout the country and overseas, such as in China, Hungary, Kuwait, Romania and Russian Siberia.
Kristin Sobolik is provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at UMSL. At UMSL, Sobolik guides academic affairs, student affairs and research administration of the largest public research university in the state’s most populous and economically important region. Prior to joining UMSL in 2017, Sobolik served as dean and professor of anthropology at Wright State where she oversees a college with 11 departments, one school, two institutes, one center and eight interdisciplinary programs. Sobolik received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Iowa and master’s and doctoral degrees in anthropology from Texas A&M University.
Rick Baniak is the chief financial officer and vice chancellor for administration at UMSL and has also been appointed the chief transformation officer for the University of Missouri System. Baniak oversees accounting, budgeting, business and cashier services, facilities management, human resources, information technology services, institutional research and institutional safety. Prior to joining UMSL in May 2016, Baniak served as CFO for the Phantom Works Air and Space unit of Boeing Defense, Space and Security which is one of The Boeing Company’s five divisions. Baniak holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UMSL – both in economics. He started …

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