UM System president focused on rebuilding
He said he is thrilled to be part of transforming the university's image.
"I really consider it to be an honor to be able to participate in the rebuilding of this great university," he said.
Dr. Choi said protests that occurred in 2015 still linger with the university. He said debunking people's perceptions is tough, but worth it.
"I think there's a perception out there that we are not a university that represents the values of some Missourians, and from other individuals we hear that we may not be a place that's safe or inclusive," he said. "My response to that is they should come and see."
Dr. Choi said the university is also working on recruiting community college students. He said they are expanding their partnership with Moberly Area Community College to ensure the transition from two-year to four-year schools is "seamless."