Chancellor promises faculty involvement

Thursday, October 7, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 12:26 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 14, 2008

Retain and recruit the best faculty. Expand global outreach. Support public policy funding. These are a few items MU Chancellor Brady Deaton outlined Wednesday in his new 10-point action plan for the future of the university. Deaton presented his plan during the fall general faculty meeting in Memorial Union on the MU campus. He addressed faculty retention first and emphasized his commitment to involving faculty in his decisions as chancellor.

“Right after his appointment, Dr. Deaton called me and pledged his support to the Faculty Council and the faculty during his chancellorship,” said Gordon Christensen, chairman of MU’s Faculty Council, at the beginning of the meeting.

During the meeting, Deaton pledged to have an open dialogue with MU faculty and said he intends to do anything necessary financially to keep good faculty at MU.

This falls in line with the legislative strategy Deaton outlined at the meeting, which includes requesting more state funding for MU.

“We’re asking for a 17 percent increase (in state funding),” Deaton said. The UM system received slightly more than $400 million from the state for this fiscal year. MU typically receives about half that amount, said Mary Jo Banken, an MU spokeswoman. “We’re very much a high educational fee, low state support institution,” Deaton said. “We’re all partners in trying to get the state to understand this situation.”

Deaton also plans to implement ways to strengthen MU’s international reach. His plan follows a successful model for financing diversity programs, Deaton said. He did not elaborate on this plan.

Most of the roughly 125 people at the meeting were administrators and new faculty. No one asked questions of Deaton after he spoke, and many people left after Deaton finished his presentation.

Deaton was appointed MU’s new chancellor on Oct. 1, one month after becoming the interim chancellor.

Christensen addressed the audience and briefly discussed Deaton’s appointment as chancellor. He said he had been a strong supporter of conducting a national search to find a new leader for MU, but now welcomes Deaton’s appointment as permanent chancellor.

“Dr. Deaton has my complete and full support,” Christensen said. “Welcoming and supporting Dr. Deaton is the right thing to do.”

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