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UM System President Elson S. Floyd to Appoint Interim Chancellor of the UM-Columbia Campus

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Apr 02, 2004

UM System President Elson S. Floyd to Appoint Interim Chancellor of the UM-Columbia Campus

Apr. 2, 2004

President Floyd will appoint an interim chancellor for the UM-Columbia campus to succeed Chancellor Richard Wallace, who will retire Aug. 31, 2004. The president is seeking nominations from the campus community to be submitted to him in writing by April 16, 2004. The interim chancellor would begin duties Sept. 1, 2004.

President Floyd will also appoint a committee to begin a search for a permanent chancellor. He has been exploring the possible consolidation of administrative functions between the UM-Columbia and UM System administrations, including merging the offices of the UM President and UM-Columbia chancellor. After consulting with constituents across the UM System, President Floyd has decided that it is in the best interests of the four campuses to continue maintaining the position of the chancellor of the UM-Columbia campus.

“We will continue looking at possible consolidations of other administrative functions to operate more efficiently,” President Floyd said.

“Dr. Floyd is moving forward with the full confidence of the Board of Curators,” said UM Board President Mary James. “We will continue to explore every opportunity to serve this state as effectively as possible.”