Well, it’s the moment MU has been waiting for: a new chancellor. After tumultuous protests centered around race and graduate students rights, and a year of state budget cuts, the Board of Curators tapped the university's new leader.* MU hasn't had a permanent chancellor since R. Bowen Loftin's November 2015 resignation.

A report Tuesday from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said SUNY Provost and Executive Chancellor Alexander Cartwright would be named the MU's new chancellor, and after a formal announcement from MU Wednesday, it became reality. The university announced the university's new leader at 1 p.m. in the Reynolds Alumni Center.

So how does the new chancellor compare to MU’s past leadership? Vox looked into Cartwright’s background and experience to see how he compares to ex-chancellors Loftin and Brady Deaton. 

Alexander Cartwright

MU Chancellor: Announced May 24 at 1 p.m.; Will officially take office Aug. 1.

Born: The Bahamas

Family: Wife Melinda Sage Cartwright and two children, Andrew and Alyssa (enrolled in college)

Education: Bachelor's and Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering – University of Iowa

Work Experience:

Most Current SUNY Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor; Electrical Engineering professor and adjunct professor of physics at University of Buffalo

1995 – Vice President for Research and Ecnomic Development (University of Buffalo)

1999-2002 – Deputy Director of Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics

2002-2010 – Director of Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics

2006-2007 – Director of Integrated Nanostructured Systems initiative

2007-2009 – Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives

2009-2010 – Chair of Electrical Engineering department and Inaugural Chair Biomedical Engineering department

Known for:

  • Won National Science Foundation CAREER Award (1998)
  • 2013 invention made Society of Manufacturing Engineers' Innovations that could Change the Way You Manufacture

R. Bowen Loftin

MU Chancellor: 2014-2015

Born: Hearnes, Texas

Family: Wife Karin Loftin, two children and three grandsons

Education: Bachelor's in Physics – University of Texas A&M; Master's & Ph. D in Physics – Rice University

Work Experience:

Most Current (Reportedly) Director for research facility development following Nov. 9, 2015 resignation.

Before 2009 – Physics Professor at Texas A&M University at Galveston; Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science professor at Old Dominion University

2009-2010 – Texas A&M Interim President

2010-2014 – Texas A&M President

2014-2015 – University of Missouri chancellor

Known For:

  • Fifth Texas A&M alumni to become the university's president
  • Has a large collection of bowties
  • Emphasized improving sexual assault reports on MU campus and created a full-time Title IX coordinator position
  • Criticized for not responding to graduate student health care concerns and racial discrimination incidents at MU

Brady Deaton

MU Chancellor: 2004-2013

Born: Eastern Kentucky

Family: Wife Anne Deaton, four children (three went to MU), three grandsons and two granddaughters

Education: Bachelor's in Agricultural Economics and Master's in Diplomacy and International Commerce – University of Kentucky (1968); Masters and Doctorate in Agricultural Economics – University of Wisconsin

Work Experience:

1972– Agricultural economics and rural sociology professor at University of Tennessee

1978-1989 – Agricultural economics professor at Virginia Tech University

1989 – Professor and chair of Agricultural Economics at MU

1993 – Chief of Staff in MU's Office of the Chancellor

1997 – Deputy Chancellor at MU

1998 – Provost at MU

2004-2013 – Chief executive officer/chancellor at MU

Known For:

  • Opened 21 new buildings on campus
  • Attributed to huge growth in enrollment numbers, including minority student enrollment
  • Helped MU move into the SEC
  • Expanded MU's international research
  • Created the Deaton Institute with wife
  • Nominated by former President Barack Obama as chairman of the Board of International Food and Agriculture Development

* This story has been updated since it was posted with the official confirmation of Cartwright's selection as chancellor.

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