Deaton is the 21st chief executive officer of MU and will continue to serve the University as Chancellor Emeritus with a focus on the Universityâ??s role in international development.
â??I am extraordinarily honored and privileged to have led the University of Missouri through the last nine years of exciting, eventful and rewarding times,â?? Deaton said. â??Any success attributed to my leadership is due to the wonderful support of my family; the skilled and dedicated work of my staff; the unmitigated, common commitment of deans and faculty to providing a world class education to our students; and the amazing spirit of our alumni.â??
School officials said Deaton brought more than 30 years of experience in public higher education, an international perspective and a record of national leadership to the position when he became chancellor of MU on October 4, 2004.
For his contributions to the University of Missouri, Deaton was awarded the Outstanding Commitment to Multiculturalism and Diversity award by the Association of Black Graduate and Professional Students, honored as an invited lecturer at the Japan International Agricultural Council and recognized by Gamma Sigma Delta with an Award of Merit for Outstanding Administrator. He has received the Malone Award from APLU for furthering international education in public higher education, and has received honorary degrees from Chonnam National University in Korea, from SHIATS University in India, and from two institutions in Thailand â?? Prince of Songkla University and Khon Kaen University.
â??Throughout my time as president, Dr. Deaton has been a trusted adviser and an effective advocate for the University,â?? UM System President Tim Wolfe said. â??His knowledge of the University and passion for our mission as the stateâ??s premier land-grant, public research institution is unmatched. Finding a leader with the academic background and leadership prowess exhibited by Dr. Deaton will be our top priority.â??
Deaton and his wife Anne, University of Missouri's first lady, are the parents of four grown children, three of whom are MU graduates, and the grandparents of five grandsons and two granddaughters