University of Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton announced this afternoon (June 12)  that he will step down on Nov. 15, 2013, at a press conference held on campus at Jesse Hall. Deaton, who became chancellor of MU in 2004 Deaton, praised the "record growth in diversity of our student body" on campus during his announcement.

Deaton made the following statement in a university news release:

I am extraordinarily honored and privileged to have led the University of Missouri through the last nine years of exciting, eventful and rewarding times.

Any success attributed to my leadership is due to the wonderful support of my family; the skilled and dedicated work of my staff; the unmitigated, common commitment of deans and faculty to providing a world class education to our students; and the amazing spirit of our alumni.

Deaton will give more information on his future with MU at the Board of Curators meeting on Friday.  He will continue to serve the University as chancellor emeritus.