Kansas City University (KCU) has named Richard Schooler, DO, vice president of the Farber-McIntire Campus in Joplin. Schooler will provide strategic leadership and alignment for the Joplin campus and assist in coordinating community relations, philanthropic outreach, clinical services, research and academic support, as well as some routine day-to-day operations.
Schooler has nearly 40 years of experience as a physician, health care executive, dean and community leader in the region. Most recently, he served as dean of the School of Health Sciences at Missouri Southern State University. He also served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Freeman Health System from 2013-2016, capping off a 12-year tenure that included positions as chief medical officer, medical director and director of medical education.
A 1980 KCU alumnus (DO, College of Osteopathic Medicine), Schooler received the KCU Alumni Service Award in 2015. He operated a successful obstetrics and gynecology practice in Joplin for nearly 20 years before beginning his career in health care administration. In addition to his many accomplishments as a physician, educator and health care executive, he is also the author of Planning for Organizational Success: A Leadership Guide to Achieving Success with a Plan, published by Dorrance Publishing Company, 2016.
“We are fortunate to have a leader of Dr. Schooler’s caliber helping to lead the growth on our Joplin campus. He is uniquely qualified to fill this role at this pivotal time in our University’s history. He has the experience, expertise and reputation to serve as one of KCU’s ambassadors to our Greater Joplin community,” said KCU President and CEO Marc B. Hahn, DO.