COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri System President Mun Choi today announced the appointment of Dr. Garnett Stokes to serve as interim chancellor of the University of Missouri-Columbia effective May 3. Dr. Stokes currently serves as Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost at MU.
Dr. Stokes succeeds current Interim Chancellor Hank Foley, who previously accepted the position as president of the New York Institute of Technology. Her appointment, which was approved earlier today by the University of Missouri Board of Curators, will be in effect until a new, permanent chancellor officially assumes the chancellorship. The UM System is currently engaged in a national search for a permanent chancellor at MU, with an announcement of a new chancellor expected in the coming weeks.
“I am pleased that Dr. Garnett Stokes has agreed to serve as interim chancellor of the largest campus in the UM System at this critical time,” said President Choi. “Dr. Stokes has been a pivotal member of the leadership team at MU. I am looking forward to working closely with her to accomplish the important goals of achieving excellence in research, teaching, economic development and outreach.”
Dr. Stokes has served as Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost at MU since February 2015. During her tenure at MU, she has been instrumental in shaping the university’s campus leadership, hiring eight of the 13 deans currently serving as well as important Provost staff positions including Associate Provost and Vice Provost for Enrollment Management. In addition, under Stokes’ direction, the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX were established, which centralized reports and investigations of discrimination and provided more process and rigor around how cases of discrimination and sexual misconduct are addressed at MU.
Prior to coming to Columbia, Dr. Stokes served as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Interim President of Florida State University, a public research institution in Tallahassee, Florida. Past experience also includes serving as a faculty member at the University of Georgia, including as Chair of the Department of Psychology and Dean of the university’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Stokes received her masters and doctorate degrees in institutional and organizational psychology from the University of Georgia, and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Carson-Newman College.