Students, faculty members and residents gathered at the University of Missouri Monday afternoon to honor Chancellor Brady Deaton in his retirement.
The university presented Deaton with a bench in his honor as well as a video of staff and students giving their thoughts on the chancellor’s deeds for the university and his retirement.
Deaton’s daughter Christina Deaton DeMarea said that Deaton and his wife, Anne, have contributed life lessons for the university.
“The lesson that they’ve taught us the most was that education means nothing and will achieve nothing if it is not coupled with action that is guided by the deepest compassion, integrity, and the courage to stand up for what is right,” DeMarea said.
Tiger Pantry, a student-run nonprofit organization, was also at the event to collect food donations. The group collects food donations to give to MU students in need.The pantry was founded by MSA President Nick Droege with the help of Brady and Anne Deaton.
“They gave me mentorship and a vision for the project,” Droege said.
The Deatons will stay in Columbia and will lead the Brady and Anne Deaton Institute for University Leadership in International Development. The institute will be housed by the University of Missouri.