University system President Tim Wolfe plans to announce the new hire at a Thursday morning news conference.
The University of Missouri’s governing board has scheduled its second closed meeting in 10 days as the search for a new Columbia campus chancellor nears an end.
The University of Missouri curators was meeting Friday and will likely hire a search firm to vet candidates.
Deaton, who was named chancellor in 2004, announced his retirement Wednesday in Columbia. The university has not named his replacement.
Chancellor Brady Deaton told the campus Faculty Council that the “dysfunctional” program was “less than what we should offer to aspiring students.”
Kansas City business leaders tried unsuccessfully to keep Missouri from leaving the Big 12 Conference including former University of Missouri president Gary Forsee.
Listen to the entire official announcement that was made at the Mizzou Student Center on Sunday. Speakers included Brady Deaton, Mike Alden, Bernie Machen, and Mike Slive.
A public meeting agenda released Wednesday afternoon makes no mention of athletic conference realignment.
Since there is no timetable for Missouri to complete its expected departure from the Big 12, there is no timetable for West Virginia to receive a formal invitation.
While Deaton avoided saying that he favors leaving the Big 12 or identifying the SEC as a potential landing spot, it was clear that the SEC is the target.