While the University of Missouri’s main campus in Columbia is between chancellors, Steve Owens, MU’s general counsel, will serve as interim chancellor, and MU Deputy Chancellor Mike Middleton will serve as deputy chancellor and transition executive. The appointments approved by the Board of Curators will become effective Nov. 15, the day Chancellor Brady Deaton retires.
A spokesman for the UM System said the goal is to name a new chancellor soon, but even if someone is named before Deaton retires, there could be a gap between Deaton leaving and the next chancellor arriving on the MU campus. Neither Owens nor Middleton is a candidate for the chancellor position. Phil Hoskins has been appointed acting general counsel for the UM System effective Nov. 15.