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Chancellor Announces Retirement

Brady Deaton to leave legacy in research, agriculture and global citizenship.

Brady Deaton has announced that he will retire from his position as chancellor of the University of Missouri, effective Nov. 15.

Deaton has made Mizzou his home for 24 years. He joined the MU faculty as a professor and chair of the Agricultural Economics Department in 1989. He was appointed chief of staff in the Office of the Chancellor in 1993, deputy chancellor in 1997 and provost in 1998. He has served as MU’s chancellor and its 21st chief executive officer since 2004.

Under Deaton’s leadership, the university has experienced significant increases in overall student enrollment, minority student enrollment, research grants and expenditures, patents and licenses, and fundraising. Since 2004 Mizzou has reduced its carbon footprint, opened 21 new buildings and transitioned to the prestigious Southeastern Conference. A lifelong advocate of responsible global citizenship, Deaton has expanded MU’s international reach and backed the university’s efforts in research, education and policy to help feed the world.