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Statement from University of Missouri System President

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Kelly Wiemann

March 29, 2017

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The following statement was issued today by University of Missouri System President Mun Choi:

I join University of Missouri-Columbia and the entire University of Missouri System community in congratulating Interim Chancellor Hank Foley on his new appointment as president of New York Institute of Technology (NYIT).  He is an outstanding academic leader who will bring his impressive set of experiences to achieve a bold vision for NYIT.

Dr. Foley was appointed interim chancellor of the Columbia campus in November, 2015, to direct MU’s mission in research, education and service.  Through his leadership, the faculty and staff celebrated important milestones including record philanthropic contributions, strong extramural research and creative works, prestigious faculty distinctions and increased student retention.

Prior to his interim chancellor appointment, Dr. Foley served in dual roles as UM System executive vice president for academic affairs, research and economic development and as MU senior vice chancellor for research and graduate studies.  At the UM System, Dr. Foley led the system’s strategic planning efforts, provided systemwide leadership in academic programs, promoted economic development and advanced research collaborations and enhanced funding.  He also led institutional research, student access and success, academic program review and eLearning functions of the system.  I am grateful to Dr. Foley’s dedication and service to MU and the UM System during the past four years.  I wish him every success in his new position at the New York Institute of Technology.  

I’m very pleased to work closely with all of you to continue our path to excellence as a top flagship university.  We have great opportunities ahead of us at Mizzou!

In the coming weeks, I will be meeting with members of the MU community to develop a transition plan in anticipation of selecting the next permanent chancellor in May, 2017.