COLUMBIA — On Brady Deaton's last day as MU chancellor, he and his wife, Anne, took a moment to say goodbye to their "Mizzou family."
In a campuswide email, they spoke of their gratitude to MU and optimism for the future.
Brady and Anne Deaton met on a volunteer service trip to Ecuador when the two were students at the University of Kentucky. The concepts of volunteering and service have played a key role in the way the Deatons directed the agenda at MU. This will continue with the opening of the Deaton Institute for University Leadership in International Development. (This story is available to Missourian digital members.)
Brady Deaton has been at Mizzou for 24 years and has been chancellor for nine. He started his career at MU as a professor and chairman of what was then the Department of Agricultural Economics, according to previous Missourian reporting. The Deatons will start and head the Brady and Anne Deaton Institute for University Leadership in International Development after his retirement as chancellor.
The following is the text of their message:
Dear Members of the "Mizzou Family" — near and far,
I leave the Chancellor's Office today with heartfelt gratitude for our University's great history and my privileged role over the past nine years; and I leave with great anticipation for the new heights the future holds for the University of Missouri.
Anne and I, along with all of you, can proudly voice this optimism. It is optimism born of the numerous milestone accomplishments of MU's faculty, staff and students. It is optimism inspired by every member of the Mizzou Family beginning with our amazing students who are idealistic, service oriented, excelling in our labs, classrooms, and on the playing field, and fully committed to our values of Respect, Responsibility, Discovery, and Excellence. These students will create a brighter future wherever they are planted and they will be MU's finest ambassadors. In so doing, they join the rest of the Mizzou Family who work tirelessly for this great university, be they faculty, staff, administrators, alums, retirees or MU's countless "friends and supporters." We are indebted to all of you and our heartfelt thanks are for each of you.
In these last few weeks of my tenure, there have been many honors, beautiful receptions and dinners, priceless personal notes, numerous "student" surprises, and poignant articles in the campus and community press. All of these are emblazoned in our minds and hearts and will bring us joy — always.
We are especially grateful that the Mizzou Alumni Association made us Honorary Alumni! Now we can join the ranks of three of our children who graduated from MU and say with even new fervor: We are true Tigers!
Anne and I will continue to be part of your energy and commitment to excellence at this university. We are excited about our continuing roles on campus and as members of the broader community. We admire and hold great confidence in Steve Owens, Interim Chancellor, and in Mike Middleton, Deputy Chancellor and Transition Executive. They, along with the Chancellor’s staff and the support of President Tim Wolfe at the system's helm, constitute an outstanding transition leadership team to bridge MU to its next chapter. In closing, we extend our support and best wishes to the new Chancellor for every success.
With great fondness and beautiful memories,
Brady and Anne
Supervising editor is Allie Hinga.