Retiring MU Chancellor Brady Deaton answered a wide variety of questions from reporters as he reflected back on his career.
Deaton announced his retirement this summer after spending 9 years on the job and 24 years at Mizzou.
He said his university continues to grow in spite of the countryâ??s economic slowdown and with the successful recruitment of out-of-state students.
President Obama gave Deaton a new job as the Chair of the Federal Board for International Food and Agricultural Development, or BIFAD.
Deaton wants to help starving people all over the world.
Deaton said, â??I get invitations to go the White House and to the United Nations on a regular basis associated with the BIFAD role. I also get invitations from other parts of the world. I need to be more active in that than I have been. This flexibility is what fits me right now.â??
Many historians will remember Deaton as the chancellor that switched conferences from the Big 12 to the SEC.
Deaton said his legacy is much more than that.
Deaton said, â??The conference affiliation can be seen as part of an overall picture of moving in a positive direction. With all due respect to the Big 12 which I have many good friends in, we feel for Missouri, itâ??s very appropriate to be in the Southeastern Conference right now.â??
Deatonâ??s last day as MU Chancellor is November 15.
He said itâ??s the right time to retire from Mizzou so he can seek new challenges and spend more time with his family.