Dear Mizzou Family,
Today I announce my intent to retire from my position as chancellor, effective Nov. 15 of this year. I will continue to work on behalf of the University to advance important educational objectives, and both Anne and I will continue to support MU in every way possible.
On this occasion, I want to thank you for the friendship and support you have given Anne and me over the past nine years. We have felt your warm and welcoming spirit — the Mizzou spirit — at every activity we have shared with you. Your love of Mizzou is infectious, and we will carry it with us always!
I am privileged to serve you as chancellor. The role has granted me the opportunity to be an ambassador for you and for the values, sentiments and unwavering commitment you express for this university. Your enthusiasm for the mission of Mizzou energizes Anne and me and provides daily motivation to work to deepen your pride and increase the value of your affiliation with our great flagship university and its health system.
MU is a jewel for the state, a valuable asset with luster that elevates the quality and reputation of Missouri. Mizzou is a major educational force in our state and nation — an innovative learning community of scholars that prepares students to stride confidently into the future as citizens and leaders. We are a proud institution for all the right reasons. As a major land-grant, research university, we seek excellence in teaching, research and educational outreach through Extension. We do things the right way with integrity as a hallmark of our daily work.
I am certain that we have strengthened these attributes during the past nine years. That success has only been possible through the key support of a highly talented group of campus administrative colleagues, outstanding faculty, a responsive and skilled staff, devoted alumni and loyal donors. These Tigers work tirelessly to make this a world-class university, a beautiful environment that receives praise far and wide. My experience working with all of you has been a pure joy.
Anne and I have sought to honor your support by opening up the Residence on Francis Quadrangle to students and their families, alumni groups, campus staff and faculty, and the Columbia community. Thank you for all you have done to make this such a rich experience for us and for the myriad ways in which you support Mizzou. We look forward to seeing you over the next several months and into the future as we devote more time to you as friends, to our family, and to pursuing some important ideas on behalf of higher education and the Mizzou family.
With best wishes to each one of you,
Brady J. Deaton