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Texas A&M president reportedly chosen as University of Missouri chancellor

Updated: 2013-12-05T05:09:56Z

— The University of Missouri on Thursday will name a new chancellor for its flagship campus.

University system President Tim Wolfe plans to announce the new hire at a news conference in Columbia. The campus leader will replace Brady Deaton, who retired in November after nine years as chancellor.

In Texas, College Station/Bryan television station KBTX reported Wednesday night that the new chancellor would be outgoing Texas A&M University President R. Bowen Loftin.

Loftin in July announced that he would step down as A&M’s president effective Jan. 13, ending an almost four-year stint. A&M said at the time that he would be returning to the university’s faculty.

Loftin led his school’s departure from the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference in a move announced in September 2011. Missouri’s move to the SEC was announced two months later.

Thursday’s announcement in Columbia will cap an aggressive process that began quickly after Deaton’s June retirement announcement. Similar searches for college chancellors and presidents often take six months to a year.

The looming arrival also signals a short stint in charge for interim Chancellor Steve Owens, the university system’s top lawyer. Owens was previously the interim system president for 13 months after Gary Forsee’s January 2011 resignation. He returned to his job as general counsel once Wolfe took over in February 2012 and was not a candidate for the permanent position.

Deaton remains in Columbia as executive director of a new international development research center bearing his name.

Wolfe previously said he didn’t expect the university’s board of curators, who oversee the four campuses, to actively participate in the search, nor do university rules require the curators’ involvement. But after several closed-door meetings in recent weeks, they likely were told of his choice in advance.

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