After a nine-month search, the University of Missouri curators have settled on a top administrator at the University of Connecticut as the 24th president of the university system.
Sources confirmed Monday that UConn provost Mun Y. Choi is the curators’ choice to lead the system, which includes campuses in Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla and St. Louis. The sources were familiar with the selection process and spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The official announcement is to be made at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Jefferson City.
Choi has an extensive background in engineering and is known for having more than 20 years of experience in developing nationally competitive innovative research programs. As UConn’s provost, Choi oversees academic affairs.
The new president will be expected to play a major role in mending damage done to the flagship campus in Columbia a year ago when racial protests there attracted a national spotlight and led to the ouster of system President Tim Wolfe and MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin.