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University of Missouri-Columbia provost to retire

The University of Missouri-Columbia said Wednesday its provost, Brian Foster, will retire at the start of 2014.

Mizzou's chancellor, Brady Deaton, cited Foster's work in a range of areas, including economic development, hiring quality faculty and increasing enrollment. “His national perspective and knowledge of higher education have proven invaluable to our campus," Deaton said.

Foster has been provost since 2005.

Among his accomplishments on campus is the 2010 creation of Mizzou Advantage, which brings together several university specialties, including health sciences, media, sustainable energy and agriculture.

He received a bachelor's degree in history from Northern Illinois University in 1967. He has a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Michigan.

He was a member of the anthropology faculty at the State University of New York – Binghamton and has held administrative posts at Arizona State University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of New Mexico. 

“Higher education opened a rich and rewarding life that I could not have imagined,” Foster said.


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Timothy Barker is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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