Brady Deaton has spent 15 years teaching and leading at MU. Today, he’ll start learning something new — how to be chancellor.
Deaton will assume the job of MU chancellor following the official retirement of Richard Wallace on Tuesday. Deaton, the former provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, will serve as interim chancellor of the university during MU’s search for a new chancellor.
Deaton said he would be interested in the permanent chancellorship at MU, but said he will leave the search up to UM system President Elson Floyd.
In a press conference Tuesday, Deaton focused not on the search, but rather the progress of the university.
“As the budget’s gotten tougher, we’ve gotten better,” Deaton said, pointing to the new Life Sciences Center and advancements in research on campus. “I’m excited about seeing this university move to higher levels of achievement.”
To continue those advancements, Deaton said he wants to ensure effective communication with the faculty and MU students in hopes of furthering academics. He also plans to continue working closely with the students and hopes to have more informal contact with them.
Deaton said one of the issues he hopes to address as chancellor is access to the university. He said that although costs for higher education have continued to rise, the university will look to stay “open to all segments of society” through the use of grants and scholarships.
Deaton said he is ready to assume the new role.
“My life is a learning curve,” he said. “One never stops learning.”