UM System President Dr. Mun Choi speaks at the October 19, 2021 grand opening of the Roy Blunt NextGen facility in Columbia (file photo courtesy of the University of Missouri)

Former Mizzou football coach praised by Dr. Choi

UM System President Dr. Mun Choi speaks at the October 19, 2021 grand opening of the Roy Blunt NextGen facility in Columbia (file photo courtesy of the University of Missouri)

The UM System president has high praise for former Mizzou football coach Warren Powers, who passed away this week after battling Alzheimer’s.

UM System President Dr. Mun Choi tells “Wake Up Columbia” that he met Coach Powers last year.

“He is going to go down as one of our greatest coaches, a man of high standards who demonstrated through his work with young men that Mizzou can be a place where winners and championships can be made,” Dr. Choi says.

The 80-year-old Powers coached Mizzou from 1978-1984, leading the Tigers to four straight bowls from 1978 to 1981.

President Choi is optimistic that Columbia’s new $220-million NextGen Precision Health building can cure Alzheimer’s and cancer.

“There’s no reason why we can’t have those breakthroughs be developed in Columbia, Missouri, or Missouri generally,” says Dr. Choi.

President Choi says the Roy Blunt NextGen Precision facility is all about possibilities. He says it will leverage the power of Mizzou, MU Health Care, MU’s Research Reactor and the three other UM System universities to revolutionize health care.

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