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Brady Deaton became the 21st chancellor of the University of Missouri on Oct. 4, 2004. Deaton has worked for 40 years in various teaching and administrative positions in the education field, 22 of which have been with MU. Deaton and his wife, Dr. Anne Deaton, have four children and seven grandchildren.
Deaton has four college degrees, including a bachelor's degree of agricultural economics and a master's degree in diplomacy and international commerce from the University of Kentucky. Deaton later received a master's degree of science and doctoral degree in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin.
During his 40 years in education, Deaton has worked with three different universities, including the University of Tennessee, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and most recently, MU.
Deaton served as a volunteer vocational agriculture teacher during a two-year tour with the Peace Corps in Nan, Thailand from 1962 to 1964.
He joined the MU staff in 1989 as a professor and chair in the agricultural economics department at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and Social Science Unit leader. He was appointed chief of staff in the Office of the Chancellor in 1993 and deputy chancellor in 1997.
Deaton was appointed provost in October 1998 and his duties expanded when he was named the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs in 2001.
He is the chairman of the Missouri Council on Public Higher Education and has advisory positions with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Deaton was appointed chairman of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development by President Barack Obama in 2011.
Deaton was instrumental in MU's decision to move from the Big 12 Conference to the SEC. He was given "the power to make decisions regarding conference alignment" Oct. 21, 2011 during a Board of Curators meeting in Kansas City and made the decision to move to the SEC official on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011.
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Updated: Feb. 19, 2012