Dr. Mun Y. Choi will serve as the 24th president of the four-campus University of Missouri System, officially stepping into the role and replacing Interim President Mike Middleton next spring.
The UM Board of Curators announced their new hire during a news conference in Jefferson City Wednesday morning. During the event, Choi spoke to the press and answered questions from reporters.
Choi will replace former system president Tim Wolfe, whose resignation was triggered by racially-charged protests at the university system’s flagship campus in Columbia last fall. The protests, which earned national media attention, also resulted in the resignation of R. Bowen Loftin, the chancellor heading the main campus.
The UM Board of Curators released a statement Monday signaling the end of their nearly year-long search for a new president. At the time, Choi was speculated as the pick, but was not officially confirmed until days later.
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