Change is Good
Mizzou hires a strong leader.
The winds of leadership change are blowing at Mizzou. Many of you are aware that, after nine years of service as chancellor, Brady J. Deaton stepped down in November 2013. Shortly thereafter, R. Bowen Loftin was selected to fill the post. It’s a pleasure to welcome them to the Mizzou family.
Other administrators also have announced their departures recently. I see this as a natural cycle in any large organization. These include the retirements of Brian Foster, provost; Jackie Jones, vice chancellor for administrative services; Chris Koukola, assistant to the chancellor for university affairs; and a move to Texas Tech University for Rob Duncan, vice chancellor of research.
What do the changes mean for MU? These administrators served with distinction and helped make Mizzou one of the fastest-growing Association of American Universities members in the country. It was their good work, in part, that allowed Mizzou to attract the high-quality leadership of Chancellor Loftin. Although I can’t predict how everything will play out, I do know that Mizzou is blessed with a great campus culture. The sense of doing what’s right for Mizzou pervades our leadership and always seems to lead us in the right direction. I expect that Mizzou will hire great people to fill these important roles, surround them with the culture of the Mizzou family and continue to thrive as we celebrate our 175th year.