COLUMBIA, Mo. (KSDK) - The University of Missouri announced Wednesday that Provost Brian Foster will retire effective Jan. 1, 2014. Deputy Provost Ken Dean will take over until a new provost is named.
"We are extremely grateful for Brian Foster's leadership that has significantly advanced the worldwide academic reputation of the University of Missouri," MU Chancellor Brady Deaton said in a news release.
Foster played a significant role in initiating Mizzou Advantage, which, since its inception in 2010, has awarded funding to nearly 100 seed and network projects involving approximately 400 faculty. Recent projects include creating biomedical engineering solutions for medical patients, childhood obesity, monitoring livestock health and engaging in best practices for sustainability.
"While I'm stepping away from the provost's office, I hope to stay connected and to continue to make contributions that would be useful to the University of Missouri," Foster said in a news release.
Foster received his bachelor's degree from Northern Illinois University in 1967 and his master's and doctorate degrees in anthropology from the University of Michigan in 1968 and 1972 respectively.