Brady J. Deaton

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Brady J. Deaton
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Deaton speaks out against House Bill 253 at the University of Missouri in September 2013.
Born (1942-08-25) August 25, 1942 (age 72)

Brady J. Deaton, (born August 25, 1942) is an American educator and was the Chancellor of the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri.[1]

Early life[edit]

Brady Deaton was born on August 25 1942. His father moved to Detroit in World War 2 and, after making a small amount of money, bought a small amount of land. In 2nd grade Brady went to his grand mother to do chores for her, and keep her alive. unfortunately His Grandma died when he was in 4th grade. When his grandma died Brady's father bought the land from the other heirs and they moved into Brady's grandmothers house. The house was old and Brady's bedroom (shared by some of his 8 siblings) had no floor. The house was so old that snow would fall through holes in the roof. Brady and his family planted tobacco and other plants. They sold the tobacco but kept the rest for themselves. He and his brother both got polio. Brady recovered well but his brother lost use of his arm. A large part of his early life was the 4H club. It taught him a lot about helping in his community.


A son of Kentucky farmers, Deaton received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Kentucky in 1966. He received a Master's Degree in Diplomacy and International Commerce from the same institution in 1968. From there, he moved to the University of Wisconsin, where he earned a second master's degree in 1970 and, two years later, a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics. Deaton was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nan, Thailand from 1962-1964. He taught vocational agriculture in the Thai language.

Academic career[edit]

After receiving his Ph.D. in 1972, Deaton accepted a position at the University of Tennessee, where he taught agricultural economics and rural sociology. During his tenure at Tennessee, he briefly left to serve as staff director of the Special Task Force on Food for Peace at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. In 1978, Deaton accepted a full professorship at Virginia Tech in the Department of Agricultural Economics, where he also served as coordinator of the rural development research and extension program. Deaton spent 12 years at Virginia Tech, the last four as associate director of the Office for International Development. In March 1989, he joined the faculty of the University of Missouri as professor and chair of the Agricultural Economics Department.

Deaton has published over 100 articles throughout the course of his career and has co-written three books on agricultural economics. He has also participated in a number of advisory roles with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. His research has taken him to over a dozen countries and he has advised governors, universities, major corporations and diplomats on various topics related to agriculture, global trade and higher education.[2]

Administrative career[edit]

Professor Deaton transitioned from faculty to administration in 1993, when he was appointed chief of staff to the Chancellor of the University of Missouri. He was promoted to Deputy Chancellor in 1997. In January 1998, Deaton was appointed interim provost and named to the permanent position in October of that year. In 2001, his duties were expanded when he was given the additional role of Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. In 2004, Deaton was named Chancellor of the University of Missouri. On June 12, 2013, Deaton announced his retirement as Chancellor, effective November 15, 2013.[3] [4]

Professional service[edit]

In addition to his duties at the University of Missouri, Chancellor Deaton serves on a number of state and national committees and boards. He recently served on the Board of Trustees of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, a non-profit financial education organization.[5] In 2010, he was named Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Big 12 Conference.[6] In his role as chief executive of Missouri's largest land-grant university, he is often called upon by state and national leaders to speak on issues related to higher education. From 2007-2008, Chancellor Deaton served on Missouri's Higher Education Funding Formula Task Force, which advised the government of Missouri on how to revamp the state's higher education funding formulas.[7] In 2011, with an appointment from President Barack Obama, Deaton succeeded Robert Easter as chairman of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD). BIFAD advises USAID on the topics of food and agriculture in developing countries. [8]

Personal life[edit]

Chancellor Deaton is married to Dr. Anne Deaton, an adjunct professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Missouri and a former Director of the Missouri Division of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. She is also an outspoken advocate for volunteerism, mentoring and research into developmental disabilities. The Deatons have four children, three sons and one daughter, all of whom hold postgraduate degrees. The Deatons have five grandsons and two granddaughters.[9]

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Richard L. Wallace
Chancellor of the University of Missouri
Succeeded by
R. Bowen Loftin