Over the last several months, some of MU’s top leaders have announced they are walking away in the near future.
First, MU Chancellor Brady Deaton announced he was retiring in mid-November. Then, Provost Brian Foster followed by saying he would step down in January. Now, Jackie Jones, Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services, said she will be retiring at the end of the year.
She has worked at MU for 34 years, starting out as manager of Business Services and climbing the ladder to her current position, which she has held since 2001. Jones is responsible for financial and service operations.
Gary Ward, Associate Vice Chancellor of Facilities, will serve as interim Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services starting January 1.
“I have worked with Jackie for the past eight years. She has been a terrific leader and a great steward for the institution. I am incredibly honored to serve as interim vice chancellor and look forward to leading a team of well-qualified staff who are dedicated to furthering Mizzou’s academic mission,” Ward said.
Some of the duties of the position Ward will be taking on include: watching over the financial and service operations for Cashiers, Payroll, Accounting, Campus Facilities, Human Resources, MU Police, Parking & Transportation Services, Printing Services, KOMU-TV, Show-Me State Games, University Club and Catering, Missouri Theatre/Jesse Auditorium, and Environmental Health & Safety.