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MU Chancellor Search

On December 5, 2016, Interim President Mike Middleton, in consultation with President-Designate Mun Choi announced the national search for the next Chancellor of the University of Missouri-Columbia campus.  “We believe in the tradition of shared governance, and the position of chancellor at MU demands that we honor that tradition by instituting a national search that is clear in its structure and process,” Choi said.  “A detailed, comprehensive national search befits MU’s status as one of the nation’s top public universities,” he said.  Isaacson, Miller, a national search firm that specializes in leadership searches for higher education, has been selected to partner with the University of Missouri System on this search.

On December 29, 2016, Interim President Middleton announced the formation of a 22 member search committee, chaired by Leo Morton, Chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Elizabeth Loboa, Dean of the College of Engineering at MU. 

Immediately after forming the committee, system leadership began the important task of engaging various constituent groups to hold a public forum and a series of stakeholder meetings in order to listen to constituent voices regarding the search.  These efforts took place during the month of January to gather feedback and campus perspective regarding the qualities/qualifications of the next Chancellor of MU.  Conversations with nearly 30 leadership groups and campus community members including faculty, staff, students, alumni, retirees, administrators and business partners were completed. The collected input from these stakeholder meetings will directly influence how the position is communicated to prospective candidates. 

Search Committee for University of Missouri-Columbia Chancellor 

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Leo Morton
Leo Morton
Elizabeth Loboa
Elizabeth Loboa


Faculty, staff, students, alumni and retirees of MU, as well as community members, participated in an open forum as part of the UM System search for the next Chancellor of the University of Missouri-Columbia on Jan. 26.


Upcoming MU Chancellor Search Committee meetings

  • March 14 – Columbia
  • April 4 – Columbia
  • April 24-25 – Kansas City

Reviewed April 03, 2017.