University of Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton announced today that he will step down as chancellor effective November 15 of this year.
Deaton says the time was right.
“(The decision to retire) did not happen quickly, let me say, I looked at a range of issues. The success and the coming together of the planning that we have been engaged in has been a very big part of it. And frankly the lack of absence of any major crises as I see them right now, you don’t want to choose that time,” Deaton said.
Deaton says there are no negative motivations behind his retirement.
When the original administration building of the university burned in 1892 the columns were left standing. They stand today on Francis Quadrangle and are an iconic image of the university's Columbia campus.
MU departments and department chairs are working with Chancellor Brady Deaton to increase faculty wages on a case by case basis. Deaton spoke today with KBIA’s Sydney Miller and reiterated that higher wages are a priority.
The affirmation comes after the release of a survey from the Association of American University Professor’s that shows MU salaries as less than average.
SEC Commissioner Mike Slive, left, and Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton celebrate the announcement of Missouri's entrance into the SEC, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, at the Student Center at MU in Columbia, Mo.
University of Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton spoke to the University of Missouri-Columbia Faculty Council Thursday before its regularly scheduled meeting. This was the council's first meeting since the University system's Board of Curators approved tuition increases that leave the system with a $47.1 million budget gap.
A proposal to cut state funding to higher education would be devastating, according to MU Chancellor Brady Deaton.
Speaking on KBIA’s Intersection, Deaton said the 12.5% cut to MU’s budget would set the university’s state funding back to 1997 levels, despite having increased student enrollment by 50% in the time since. He says this would come on top of an already low record of state funding to higher education, with Missouri ranking lowest in terms of per capita funding among southeastern states.