COLUMBIA — Rhonda Gibler, MU associate vice provost for MU Extension management, was a little surprised when she got word of her new job position: MU director of budget.
Gibler was at an annual fall meeting for extension work in North Dakota when she received the call.
"I immediately called my husband," Gibler said. "I never felt like I was an absolute shoo-in. There was a little bit of surprise, but I mostly felt honored that they were entrusting me with this. I know it's an important role."
Gibler, 43, will succeed Tim Rooney starting Jan. 1, 2013. Rooney, who has held the position since September 2002, announced his retirement in August.
Rooney was out of the office Tuesday and not immediately available for comment.
Gibler's responsibilities will include planning MU's budget, coordinating fiscal and budget goals with the University of Missouri System and advising the chancellor and provost about long-term planning, trends and resource allocations.
Gibler will be paid $161,906 yearly, said Mary Jo Banken, MU News Bureau director.
Gibler said she has no immediate plans for change.
"I really like to dig in and learn things before I make rash assessments about what may or may not need to change," Gibler said. "It is healthy in all organizations for change to shape what we are doing. I want to do that in a careful and educated way."
As associate vice provost for extension management, Gibler led a committee that created a three-year plan to investigate fee generation and review revenue generation policy.
Before her job as associate vice provost, she served as assistant vice provost and director of administrative management for MU Extension and as a research analyst for the Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan.
Banken said a successor for Gibler has not been named.
Gibler said she has the skills to be successful at the job.
“There are the numbers," she said. "But then there are all of those things that don’t quickly translate to a number that also matter. The fact that I enjoy both of those things will give me strength in this position. I'm very excited.”
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