Brady Deaton is provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Deaton joined the faculty in 1989 as professor of Agricultural Economics, department chair and social science unit leader. He became provost in 1998. He currently serves as chair of the Council on Academic Affairs for NASULGC.
He earned a B.S. in Agricultural Economics, an M.A. in Diplomacy and International Commerce from the University of Kentucky and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1972. He is the author of more than 100 publications, several books, monographs and congressional testimony.
Previously he served as chief of staff and deputy chancellor at the University of Missouri and associate director of the Office of International Development at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where he was on the faculty from 1978-89. He was assistant and associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at The University of Tennessee from 1972-1978.
While on leave for three months in 1978, he served as staff director for the Special Task Force on Food for Peace with the United States Department of Agriculture. His extensive international experience includes teaching vocational agriculture in the Thai language.