TIMELINE: A look at Brady Deaton's career and accomplishments

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 | 5:00 p.m. CDT; updated 7:15 a.m. CDT, Thursday, June 13, 2013

COLUMBIA — Brady Deaton has been part of MU for 24 years and in higher education for over 40. On Wednesday, he announced he will retire in November as MU's chancellor, a position he has held for nine years.

Here are some highlights of his life, as well as some of his accomplishments:

  • 1962-64: Served two-year tour in Nan, Thailand, as a Peace Corps volunteer.
  • 1966: Graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in agricultural economics.
  • 1968: Received master's of arts degree in diplomacy and international commerce at University of Kentucky.
  • 1970-72: Earned a master's and doctoral degrees in agricultural economics at the University of Wisconsin.
  • 1972-78: Assistant and associate professor of agricultural economics and rural sociology at the University of Tennessee. Also was selected as staff director of the Special Task Force on Food for Peace for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.
  • 1978: Became a professor in agricultural economics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
  • 1986: Served as associate director of the Office for International Development at Virginia Tech.
  • 1989: Came to MU as a professor and chair in both the Agricultural Economics Department and as a Social Science Unit leader.
  • 1993: Appointed chief of staff in the Office of the Chancellor.
  • 1997: Named deputy chancellor at MU.
  • 1998: Appointed interim provost in January. Became permanent provost in October.
  • 2001: Played key role as a sponsor of the Big 12 Provosts' delegation to the European Union.
  • 2001: Named executive vice chancellor for academic affairs.
  • 2004: Began serving as chancellor and chief executive of MU in October.
  • 2007: Created the Office of Technology Management and Industry Relations. Since its creation, 77 new patents for inventions and intellectual property have been granted to MU faculty, which has brought in $43.6 million in licensing income.
  • 2009: Received an honorary degree from Prince of Songkla University in Hat Yai, Thailand.
  • 2011: Played a large role in the authorization and process of MU's move to the Southeastern Conference in athletics, which was officially announced on Nov. 6.
  • 2011: Criticized for comments he made about the investigation of Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith's tenure at the University of Miami. Statements he made at a UM System Board of Curators meeting suggested MU knew about possible improprieties before hiring Haith, but Deaton later clarified that the university had no knowledge of any wrongdoing on Haith's part. (Haith was scheduled to appear before a NCAA Committee on Infractions in Indianapolis this week.)
  • 2011: Appointed by President Barack Obama as chair of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Deployment. He was reappointed in 2012 and given a four-year term; he will continue to serve after his retirement.
  • 2012: Received an honorary degree in public administration from Khon Kaen University in Khon Kaen, Thailand.
  • 2013: Announced his retirement as MU chancellor, effective Nov. 15. Deaton will be named chancellor emeritus upon his retirement and will continue to be involved in MU's international development.


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