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UM Board of Curators Appoints New President

Dr. Mun Y. Choi, Ph.D. currently serves as Provost of the University of Connecticut

Mun Y Choi, UM System President

In Jefferson City, on Nov. 2, 2016, U.M. Board of Curators Chair Pamela Hendrickson announced Mun Y. Choi as the new U.M. System President.

Photo of Dr. Mun Choi

Dr. Mun Y. Choi, Ph.D., assumes the role of UM President on March 1, 2016.

Following a near year-long national search, the University of Missouri Board of Curators today announced the appointment of Dr. Mun Y. Choi, 52, as the 24th president in the history of the University of Missouri System. The current provost and executive vice president of the University of Connecticut (UConn), Dr. Choi will succeed Interim President Michael Middleton on March 1, 2017. 

Dr. Choi’s 24-year career in higher education includes his present position as provost and executive vice president at UConn, one of the nation’s top 20 public universities in the latest U.S. News rankings. Since 2012, he has overseen a budget of $700 million while working with 1,500 full-time faculty, 31,000 students and 2,000 staff across 12 schools and colleges including Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine and Law. Under his leadership, UConn developed several innovative new programs that have resulted in enrollment growth, increased faculty hiring, innovative research and new and expanded industry partnerships. 

Born in South Korea, Dr. Choi came to the U.S. as a child. As a young man, he worked in his family’s successful business in Chicago, and later graduated from the University of lllinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor’s degree in general engineering in 1987. He later earned a master's degree and doctorate in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University.

Prior to serving as provost and executive vice president, Dr. Choi was dean of engineering at UConn from 2008 to 2012. Earlier, he was department head of mechanical engineering and mechanics at Drexel University (2000-2008) and assistant and associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

“Becoming president of the University of Missouri System is unquestionably the pinnacle of my professional career,” said Dr. Choi. “As a product of and passionate champion for public higher education, I will advocate tirelessly on behalf of our exceptional institutions with state and national business, political and civic leaders to achieve excellence in all that we do, and make sure our great campuses realize their full potential.”

This release originally appeared on the UM System presidential search website.