University of Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton retires

Deaton retires after serving 9 years as chancellor, 24 years as faculty member

POSTED: 06:27 PM CST Nov 15, 2013    UPDATED: 06:45 PM CST Nov 15, 2013 
MU Chancellor Brady Deaton
COLUMBIA, Mo. -

The chancellor of the University of Missouri retired Friday after leading the school for nine years.

Brady Deaton announced his retirement in June. He has been with the university for 24 years. He joined the MU faculty as a professor and chair of the Agricultural Economics Department in 1989.

Deaton will continue to serve as chancellor emeritus and will focus on the university’s role in international development.

Deaton and his wife, Anne, are expected to remain in Columbia. Anne is an adjunct professor in the College of Education, College of Human Environmental Sciences and Sinclair School of Nursing.

In a statement, Deaton said he and Anne are excited for their new positions.

"Anne and I will continue to be part of your energy and commitment to excellence at this university," Deaton said. "We are excited about our continuing roles on campus and as members of the broader community."

The university is still searching for his replacement. The school's general counsel, Steve Owens, will lead the Columbia campus in the meantime. He also served as the interim president until the UM System named Tim Wolfe as president.