About the President

Mun Y. Choi
President, University of Missouri System
Mun Y. Choi

BS, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1987

MA, Princeton University, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 1989

PhD, Princeton University, 1992

Mun Y. Choi was named the 24th president in the history of the University of Missouri System in November 2016, and began in March 2017. As president, Dr. Choi serves as the chief executive and academic officer of the UM System, a land-grant institution that provides centralized administration for four universities, a health care system, and extension program, and ten research and technology parks. Dr. Choi oversees all academic, public, business, financial and related affairs of the UM System under the policies and general supervision of the University of Missouri Board of Curators.

As a product of and passionate champion for public higher education, Dr. Choi advocates tirelessly on behalf of the four universities of the UM System with state and national business, political and civic leaders to achieve excellence. In partnership with the board and university leadership, Dr. Choi introduced a new collective vision for the UM System in September 2018: to advance the opportunities for success and well-being in Missouri, the nation and the world through transformative teaching, research, innovation, engagement and inclusion.

To fulfill this vision, Dr. Choi also announced the Missouri Compacts for Achieving Excellence in September 2018. The Missouri Compacts are a promise to achieve excellence through student success; research and creative works; engagement and outreach; inclusive excellence; and planning, operations and stewardship to best serve our students and Missourians. Supported by one-time investments of up to $260 million from the UM System, the Missouri Compacts support the universities’ five-year strategic plans.

Before serving as the UM System president, Dr. Choi’s 25-year career in higher education included serving as assistant and associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (1994-2000), department head of mechanical engineering and mechanics at Drexel University (2000-2008), then dean of engineering at the University of Connecticut (UConn) (2008-2012). Later, he took on the role of provost and executive vice president at UConn (2012-2017).

Dr. Choi is married with three children and resides in Columbia, MO.

View President Choi's Curriculum Vitae 

Reviewed 2019-03-14.