Faculty members voiced their approval Wednesday at the announcement that MU provost Brady Deaton would become MU’s interim chancellor.
In a Wednesday press release, Deaton formally announced he had accepted the post of interim chancellor that had been offered to him by UM system President Elson Floyd.
“I am very proud to accept this position, and I am committed to carrying forward the university’s progress,” Deaton said in the release. “I believe MU is poised to build on its many existing strengths to become an even greater comprehensive university, serving the state and the nation yet more effectively.”
No timetable for new provost
No decision has been made at this time concerning the appointment of a new provost after Deaton’s departure, MU spokesman Joe Moore said. Moore has also said there has been no discussion regarding Deaton’s salary.
MU agricultural economics professor Bruce Bullock said Deaton is an excellent choice.
“He has experience and understanding of the university,” Bullock said. “No one could bring more to the job than he does.”
Internal medicine professor Gordon Christensen, chairman of the Faculty Council, said he has heard a large number of faculty members speak very highly of Deaton.
“He has done a very good job at helping the university succeed,” Christensen said, “He has my full support.
Deaton said he hopes to be permanent chancellor
In a phone interview Tuesday night, Deaton said he was interested in becoming the permanent MU chancellor .
Thomas Freeman, professor emeritus of the Honors College, said that if Deaton wants the position, it should be his.
“There is no point in going forward with a costly search because it is unimaginable that we could do any better than Brady Deaton,” Freeman said.
Search will continue for chancellor
But Christensen said MU should keep itself open to finding the best person possible for the job.
“I wouldn’t want the fact that we have a local candidate get in the way of us finding the most qualified candidate,” Christensen said. “Hopefully, we’ll conduct a serious, honest national search.”
Deaton will replace Chancellor Richard Wallace, who will retire on Aug. 31. Moore said Floyd hopes to have chosen a new chancellor by the end of the year.