Garnett Stokes, provost of the University of Missouri in Columbia, will leave to become president of the University of New Mexico starting March 1.
Stokes was appointed to the No. 2 spot at MU by former Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin in December 2014 and began in February 2015. Her 32-month tenure makes her one of the only remaining members of campus leadership who predate the fall 2015 protests for minority and graduate student rights.
In her time at MU, Stokes has helped navigate an extraordinarily difficult budget deficit caused by deep cuts to state higher education funding and an enrollment nosedive. About $60 million has been cut from the MU budget in the past year, and hundreds of employees have been laid off.
MU also created the Office for Civil Rights & Title IX, a unified place for the campus community to report instances of discrimination, with the help of Stokes’ leadership.
A national search will begin immediately for Stokes’ successor, and members of the search team have not yet been identified, a university spokesman said.
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