UM Board of Curators holds quick meeting as MU chancellor search continues

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 | 12:56 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — A number of UM System employees and five curators met via teleconference Wednesday morning and went into closed session after four minutes.

The system announced a meeting of its three-member executive committee on Tuesday to discuss contract and personnel items. Closed sessions are permitted by state law when the stated purpose is privileged communication, which includes hiring or firing matters and legal considerations.

Curators are working through the search to hire a new MU chancellor in the wake of Brady Deaton's departure earlier this month.

The board has convened for three special meetings so far this year, most recently on Nov. 17. This is the executive committee’s second standalone meeting of the year, according to board materials.

Curators Don Downing of Webster Groves, Wayne Goode of St. Louis and Pamela Quigg Henrickson of Jefferson City serve on the executive committee and participated in the conference. Curators Donald Cupps of Cassville and Ann Covington of Columbia joined the call.

“I know Curator (John) Phillips is trying to join us as well,” secretary Cindy Harmon said.

Other UM System personnel on the call included Phil Hoskins, acting general counsel; Betsy Rodriguez, vice president for human resources; and UM President Tim Wolfe.

Deaton retired Nov. 15. The system has been actively searching for his replacement since July. Final interviews have taken place this month, and Deaton’s replacement could be announced before Sunday, according to the MU chancellor search timeline at the UM System website.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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