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University of Missouri System initiates nationwide search for permanent chancellor of the University of Missouri-Columbia

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John Fougere

December 05, 2016

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri System Interim President Michael Middleton announced today that, in consultation with President-designate Dr. Mun Choi, the UM System will begin a nationwide search for the position of chancellor at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU).

“Our Columbia campus is an integral part of our university system and I believe that its success contributes significantly to the success of the entire state. Dr. Choi has made it clear that establishing permanent leadership at MU is an early priority of his presidency,” Middleton said. “Today we will begin the process of selecting the next great leader of MU by launching a national search which is the customary approach for a prestigious public, land-grant AAU institution.”

“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.

The board of curators officially announced Choi as the 24th president of the UM System on November 2, 2016. Dr. Hank Foley has been serving as the interim chancellor of MU since November 12, 2015.

The UM System will engage Isaacson, Miller, a national search firm with a solid reputation and experience in prior UM searches, to aid in the search process. Isaacson, Miller similarly served the university’s board during the just-completed search for the new UM System president.

The UM System also will assemble a search committee in the near future that represents MU’s campus constituencies, with the ultimate goal of recommending finalists to Dr. Choi.  

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