Elson Floyd, UM system president, asked Provost Brady Deaton to be the interim MU chancellor Saturday, said a release from UM spokesman Joe Moore.
“I asked Provost Deaton to serve in the role of interim chancellor at the University of Missouri-Columbia because I believe he is the most qualified person for the job,” Floyd said in the press release. “Brady has extensive knowledge of the campus, its mission and academic programs, and its many important stakeholders. I am hopeful that he will agree to take on this new leadership challenge.”
Currently, Deaton is also a finalist for the position of University of Tennessee president. That search will end next week, the University of Tennessee said.
“Since I am involved in the UT search, I must respect the completion of that process,” Deaton said in the press release. “But that in no way diminishes my commitment to and pride in MU.”
Although Floyd is waiting until the selection process at the University of Tennessee ends, there has been no mention of any other candidates for the position at this point, Moore said.
If Deaton were to accept the new MU position, he would start Sept. 1, taking over for Chancellor Richard Wallace, who will retire Aug. 31.
Deaton began his career at MU in 1989 when he was a professor of agricultural economics and a social science unit leader in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. In 1993, he was named chief of staff for the chancellor and subsequently became deputy chancellor. Deaton entered the provost spot in 1998.
Moore said although no date has been set, Floyd plans to assemble a committee to search for a permanent chancellor in the near future.Floyd would like a chancellor identified by the first of next year.