Retiring MU Chancellor Deaton's institute will address global issues campuswide

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 | 1:37 p.m. CDT; updated 4:56 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Brady Deaton talks to the media for the last time as MU chancellor Wednesday. Deaton discussed his time at MU, his proudest achievements and plans to start an international leadership institute alongside his wife, Anne.

COLUMBIA — MU Chancellor Brady Deaton will soon trade his office in Jesse Hall for one in Ellis Library.

From the new office in 104 Ellis, Deaton, with his wife, Anne, will lead the Brady and Anne Deaton Institute for University Leadership in International Development.

He'll take about a month and a half off before starting with the institute on Jan. 1, Brady Deaton said at a Wednesday morning news conference, the last scheduled one before his Nov. 15 retirement as chancellor. Deaton said he'll spend a lot of time traveling and asking colleagues for advice.

"We have only scoped out a plan of work — I want to visit the other campuses in the UM System to make sure I'm aware of what they're doing and how we can work together to enable the entire university to move forward," he said.

After 46 years of marriage, Brady and Anne share more than a residence — most recently, the Chancellor's Residence on Francis Quadrangle. They share a sensitivity to global issues such as food security, water safety and environmental sustainability, which they hope to address at the institute, according to a June Mizzou News article.

"I will be functioning there, and my wife, Anne, will be involved with components of that," Deaton said. "We hope to elicit support and involvement from very many faculty and graduate students and undergraduates here at the university."

As chancellor, Brady Deaton made $337,488.36 for the 2012-13 year. He will be paid $200,000 annually for his work at the institute, said Betsy Rodriguez, University of Missouri System vice president for human resources. Anne Deaton said Wednesday that, at this point, she wouldn't be drawing a salary for her involvement.

"There's no salary for myself," Anne Deaton said. "We've worked as a team. Our interests in development are very mutual."

Missourian reporters Molly Duffy and T.J. Thomson are working on coverage of the chancellor's retirement. We welcome your thoughts and memories of the Deatons and their time in the Chancellor's Residence. Send them to

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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