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UM System President:

College Degree Valuable

Washington School District Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer, center, talks with Tim Wolfe, right, president of the University of Missouri System, and Ron Millheiser, Washington Middle School principal, Thursday morning before Wolfe spoke to eighth-graders about the importance of obtaining a college degree. Wolfe’s visit was part of his Show-Me Value Tour. Missourian Photo.

University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe promoted the value of higher education during a visit Thursday at Washington Middle School.

It was the latest stop on Wolfe’s Show-Me Value Tour that began in March 2013 to counter growing sentiment that a college education is not as valuable as it once was.

Wolfe also talked with community leaders Thursday morning at the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast and later toured Mercy Hospital.

The visit to Washington Middle School was his 17th stop speaking to more than 5,000 middle and junior high school students across the state about the importance of a college education.

He told the eighth-graders gathered in the gym that higher education ­— whether it be a two-year, four-year or technical school ­ – will be their path to lifelong success and now is the time to start thinking about life after high school.

Wolfe, who received his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, admitted that he wasn’t the most focused student in high school and it wasn’t until his father expressed doubts about him being able to complete college that he started to take school more seriously. He later earned his MBA from Harvard.

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