Obama to appoint MU Chancellor Deaton to administrative position

Friday, April 22, 2011 | 2:31 p.m. CDT; updated 3:40 p.m. CDT, Friday, April 22, 2011

COLUMBIA — President Barack Obama announced Friday his intent to appoint MU Chancellor Brady J. Deaton as the chairman of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development, according to a White House news release.

The primary role of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development is to advise the U.S. Agency for International Development administrator on agricultural development.

Mary Jo Banken, director of the MU News Bureau, said Friday she will release more information about the honor when the appointment comes through.

“He will, of course, continue to lead our university as chancellor,” Banken said.

Deaton has a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics and a master's degree in diplomacy and international commerce from the University of Kentucky. He also has a master's degree and a doctorate in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin. Since 2010 he has served as vice chair of the Council on Public Higher Education in Missouri.

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