In it, Alden said he was touched to hear Deaton mention sports several times in his speech.
“Certainly, Brady and Anne Deaton together, have been wonderful leaders for the entire University of Missouri, as the flagship institution of our state,” Alden wrote. “The way they’ve positioned us not only for today, but for the future, is so important, and the opportunities that are ahead of us in Athletics, and really in all areas of Mizzou are so bright because of their leadership, because of their commitment, and because of their passion for the institution.
“Brady’s counsel, his guidance and his leadership, for me in particular, as my boss, has just been outstanding. He’s as good of a person as I’ve ever worked with. He has great character, great integrity, he’s got good vision, he’ll make a decision and certainly provides sound wisdom and guidance. We will miss that, because all of those traits have unquestionably helped us elevate our program in all aspects, not just one particular element. Whether it was the transition to the SEC, whether it’s been the growth in our facilities, our academic accomplishments, our competitive achievements, whatever that may have been, he’s touched all facets of our program in a transformational way.”