COLUMBIA — Gordon Lamb, UM System executive vice president, has announced his retirement effective March 1.
Lamb was named the system's interim president in April 2007 after the departure of former president Elson Floyd to Washington State University.
"Gordon has been an integral part of the university system, and his wisdom, leadership and commitment to higher education will be missed," UM System President Gary Forsee said in a news release.
Lamb was appointed executive vice president when Forsee was named to the president's post in February 2008.
"The Board of Curators is grateful for Dr. Lamb's service as interim president during the university's search for, and transition to, new leadership," board chair Bo Fraser said in the release. "Gordon has done an excellent job leading the university and helping to secure its future."
Forsee said Lamb's position would not be filled.
During his tenure as interim president, Lamb created a presidential advisory group called The Missouri 100, and also worked to address the state's health care needs. He also has worked to expand online learning across all campuses as executive vice president.
Lamb retires with over 40 years of higher education service, including serving as the interim chancellor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Wisconsin-Parkside and as president of Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.
He also served as vice president of academic affairs at the University of Texas-San Antonio for almost 12 years.
Lamb has also written many books, articles and musical compositions. He has conducted concerts and festivals in 17 states and across Europe as a music professor and choral conductor.