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Eileen Yager
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Published: October 30, 2008
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Chancellor Deaton receives land-grant award

COLUMBIA, Mo. - MU Chancellor Brady Deaton was honored with the Gordon Warren University of Missouri Land-Grant Award during the MU Extension annual conference in Columbia, Oct. 28.

The award honors a Missouri citizen who uses the resources of the land-grant university to benefit the state. The first winner, in 1991, was the late Gordon Warren of Richland, a banker who served extension and his community as mayor, school board member, extension council member, local government and state health commission member, and benefactor.

Deaton was given the award for his advocacy of the land-grant university system, established through federal legislation in 1862 to make higher education accessible to everyone. "He is our defender and champion, both externally and within the University itself," said Michael Ouart, MU vice provost and director of extension.

In receiving the award, Deaton said, "We believe in the power of knowledge and the power of reason to promote responsible citizenship in society."

Deaton's land-grant roots are in his involvement as a 4-H club member in Kentucky and his degrees from the University of Kentucky and University of Wisconsin.

"Chancellor Deaton understands and articulates with passion the role of the University of Missouri as a land-grant university," Ouart said. "He understands the connection of the University to the people - statewide, nationally and internationally. He connects with alumni, extension councils, faculty, staff, donors, administrators, legislators and even heads of state.

"Chancellor Deaton values the role of MU Extension as a door through which the University touches Missourians' lives to improve the state's economy and people's quality of life."

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