COLUMBIA, Mo. - University of Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton will leave the university.
MU officials made the announcement during a press conference in the Jesse Hall Rotunda. Deaton's resignation is effective November 15.
"I am extraordinarily honored and privileged to have led the University of Missouri through the last nine years of exciting, eventful and rewarding times," Deaton said. "Any success attributed to my leadership is due to the wonderful support of my family; the skilled and dedicated work of my staff; the unmitigated, common commitment of deans and faculty to providing a world class education to our students; and the amazing spirit of our alumni."
Deaton has served as chancellor of the university for nine years, but has been with MU for 24 years. He joined the MU faculty as a professor and chair of the Agricultural Economics Department in 1989.
He will continue to serve as chancellor emeritus and will focus on the university's role in international development.
Deaton said his decision to step down has been in the works for awhile. With MU facing no major challenges, he said now was the best time to leave and spend time with his family and seven grandchildren.
Deaton and his wife, Anne, are expected to remain in Columbia following his resignation. Anne is an adjunct professor in the College of Education, College of Human Environmental Sciences and Sinclair School of Nursing.
While Deaton was chancellor, total enrollment grew by nearly 29 percent and research award grants increased by 46 percent. Mizzou also transitioned from the Big 12 Conference to the Southeastern Conference under Deaton's leadership.
He helped to open 21 new campus buildings, including the MU Student Center, MU Health Care's Missouri Orthopaedic Institute and Patient Care Tower, and the Mizzou Student Athletic Training Complex.
The university has not named Deaton's replacement.
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