Leadership changes at MU, UM announced

June 25, 2020
Contact: Christian Basi, 573-882-4430, BasiC@missouri.edu

UM System President and Interim MU Chancellor Mun Choi announced today changes to his leadership team.

“These actions solidify the roles these individuals are already playing in guiding the University of Missouri through unprecedented times in higher education,” Choi said. “These are exceptional individuals with exceptional skills to continue leading our university to achieve excellence in student success, research and engagement.”

The changes include:

  • Beth Chancellor, named MU’s permanent Chief Information Officer and permanent Vice President for Information Technology at the UM System. She had served as the interim CIO since September 2019.
  • Kamrhan Farwell, named Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communication for MU and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for UM. She had led MU and UM’s Joint Office of Strategic Communications and Marketing since July 2018.
  • Bill Stackman, named Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at MU. He had served as MU’s Vice Provost for Student Affairs since July 2019.
  • Wendy Reinke, named MU’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Research (emphasis in Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences disciplines). She has served as a professor of educational, school and counseling psychology at MU since 2007.
  • Tom Spencer, named MU’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Research (emphasis in STEM disciplines). He had served as a professor of animal sciences since 2015. Spencer’s appointment was announced previously to the campus in April.
  • Bill Turpin, named MU’s permanent Associate Vice Chancellor for Economic Development. He had served as the interim Associate Vice Chancellor since September 2018.

All of these individuals are currently employed by the university (as opposed to external recruitments) and, therefore, their appointments have been made with minimal additional expenses.

Other notable assignments and changes include:

  • Todd McCubbin has been named Interim Vice Chancellor for Advancement, effective July 1. A national search for the position is continuing and expected to be finalized soon.
  • The Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders will now report to Richard Barohn, Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at MU. The Thompson Center serves families affected by autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders with expert diagnostics, evidence-based clinical care and groundbreaking research.

“I believe these changes will continue to strengthen Mizzou and help carry us through this challenging time,” Choi said.


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