University of Missouri-Kansas City Chancellor Leo Morton will leave the school in October, months earlier than originally announced, to return to his business roots.
Morton, who has been UMKC’s chancellor since 2008, said in May that he wouldn’t retire until after the 2017-18 academic year.
But a university announcement released Wednesday said Morton, 71, has accepted the position of chief operating officer at DeBruce Companies, a multibillion-dollar Kansas City company. He also will serve as chancellor emeritus of UMKC.
The university has appointed Barbara A. Bichelmeyer, UMKC provost and executive vice chancellor, to serve as interim chancellor.
Read more: Kansas City Star