Deaton clarifies MU hiring freeze conditions

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 | 12:31 p.m. CST; updated 12:44 p.m. CST, Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The following is an e-mail sent out Tuesday by MU Chancellor Brady Deaton outlining guidelines of the UM System-wide hiring freeze.

To the MU Community:

Last week I emailed you related to UM System President Gary Forsee’s Nov. 17 call for a hiring freeze on faculty, staff and student positions in order to heighten our preparedness for the economic crisis that is engulfing our nation. The President and I strongly agree that this is a prudent extra step to take as part of our ongoing strategic planning that focuses our resources on our highest priorities and provides us with maximum flexibility during uncertain times. Today I write to share with you the hiring freeze guidelines for MU that we have submitted to President Forsee and that he has now approved.


While I believe we are far from being able to accurately assess the multiple ways in which the economic crisis and recession will affect our university, certainly we are planning from a position of strength. Our record enrollment, research growth, $billion campaign success, extensive health care system, and ability to embrace our entire state through MU Extension provide us with a unique capability to face this crisis with the flagship fully armed to support Missouri. I commit to you that we will honor our core mission of teaching, research, service and economic development and will not waiver from our commitment to our students and to our campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.


Specifically related to the hiring freeze, automatic exceptions are: 1) fully-funded external grants and contracts positions, 2) fully-funded gift or endowment positions, and 3) work study students funded by the federal government. No other positions at MU will be filled unless the position receives a very high priority in reference to the process and criteria described below:


Position requisitions and justification forms must be approved by a Dean/Department Head and submitted to the appropriate member of the Chancellor’s Staff for approval. The following criteria will be considered:

1. Does the failure to fill the position create an immediate public safety or compliance issue?

2. Is the position clearly required to fulfill core instructional needs?

3. Is the position essential for patient care?

4. Is the position clearly required to recruit, admit or retain students?

5. Will the position generate revenue that will offset the expense of the position?

6. Is the position essential to keeping the core functions of the campus running?

7. Is the position essential to the core functions of research and/or outreach?


Members of the Chancellor’s Staff who will have final review for their respective divisions are: Provost Brian Foster, Deputy Chancellor Michael Middleton, Mike Alden (Athletics), David Housh (Development & Alumni Relations), Jackie Jones (Administrative Services), Chris Koukola (University Affairs), Tim Rooney (Budget Office), Cathy Scroggs (Student Affairs), and Dr. Hal Williamson (Health Affairs). Positions identified with an asterisk (*) in divisional instructions require consultation with the Chancellor.


The complete MU Hiring Freeze Guidelines, which are effective Nov. 17, 2008, and include divisional instructions, can be accessed in their entirety at


We are entering this period of economic uncertainty, unprecedented in our lifetimes, with the commitment to quality that has sustained and distinguished the University of Missouri for 169 years. One of the great national strengths of our campus is our culture of collaboration. It also will take knowledge, innovation, civility, belt tightening, cooperation, adherence to our principles and a strong dose of Mizzou spirit to get us through this unusual time, but we will emerge stronger than ever. I thank each and every one of you for the role you play in our success.


Brady J. Deaton


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