MU Partnership for Educational Renewal

MPER Executive Directors

Dan Lowry - Co-Director, MPER


Dan Lowry joined the staff of the University of Missouri in July of 2004. He was born and raised on a farm south of Warrensburg, Missouri.

Dan received his Bachelor’s degree from Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri. Making the decision to go into the field of education, he received his Master’s Degree and Doctorate in Education from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Dr. Lowry also received his Education Specialist from Central Missouri State University.

He began his teaching profession in the school districts of Mendon and Keytesville where he served as K-12 guidance counselor, behavioral sciences instructor, and basketball coach. His next move was for 20 years when he served as Knob Noster School District as elementary guidance counselor and elementary principal (16 years). Under Dr. Lowry’s leadership, Knob Noster Elementary was recognized as a “Gold Star” school by the state, a “Blue Ribbon” school by the Department of Education, and for developing one of “The Top 10 Literacy Programs” by the International Reading Association. His nine years as a Superintendent of Schools were served in the school district of LaMonte, Trenton, and Moberly. In addition to his duties as Co-Executive Director, he serves on the COE Executive Council and the Teacher Development Program Committee.

Dr. Lowry enjoys spending time with his family, working on the farms of his father and oldest son, and reading.

Mike Pullis - Co-Director, MPER

Mike Pullis 
Michael Pullis, Associate Dean in the MU College of Education.  He entered the field of education in 1972 when he completed his bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University. One year later he completed his master’s in special education from Southern Illinois and then his Ph.D from University of California at Los Angeles in 1979.  He has also served as Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Graduate Studies at MU.  He has given 17 years of service to the MU College of Education. 

In addition to his current role as department chair, he accepted the position as Interim Co-Director for the MU Partnership for Educational Renewal in September 2007.

His research interests include emotional and behavioral disorders, the effects of trauma on school performance, and teacher stress.