Search commences for Morton’s replacement


The search for UMKC’s new chancellor progressed Friday after UM System President Mun Choi announced the formation of the UMKC Chancellor Search Committee.

Chancellor Leo Morton, who has served as chancellor since 2008, announced his plans to retire earlier this year.

Originally, Morton was set to depart in Spring 2018, but after a surprise announcement in early August, Morton said he would retire as chancellor this Oct. to serve as Chief Operating Officer of DeBruce Companies.

According to UMKC Media Relations Director John Martellaro, Morton’s last day as UMKC chancellor is Oct. 11.  Morton will continue his involvement with the university serving as chancellor emeritus.

The committee responsible for the nationwide search for the new chancellor consists of a wide variety of the UMKC community, from professors, to deans, to trustees, and even to student campus leaders.

“I am confident that we will be able to generate a broad, high-quality pool of candidates from a national audience,” said Choi. “I base that confidence on the tremendous support and reputation of UMKC, as well as the efforts of our in-house recruitment staff and nominations from our community, campus leadership and our committee members.”

Until a replacement for Morton is found, UMKC Provost Barbara Bichelmeyer will act as interim chancellor, a role she has been serving in since mid-August.

During an earlier interview with U-News, Bichelmeyer said she would consider taking over the permanent position as chancellor.

“I don’t want to assume anything,” Bichelmeyer said.  “But I’m sure when we hear the announcement about how the search will commence that I will consider putting my vita in for review.”

The university has not announced how long the search is expected to take, but would like to include the public in the process.

UMKC will host chancellor search forums sometime this month. Choi intends for these listening forums to keep the community involved.

The dates and times of these forums have not yet been set and will be released through multiple channels of the university communication system when decided.

Stay tuned to future editions of U-News for continued coverage of the search for the new UMKC chancellor.

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