On March 1, 2017, Mun Choi will become the 24th president of the four-campus University of Missouri System.
Choi is presently the provost and executive vice president of the University of Connecticut, which comprises 12 schools and colleges. While at UConn, Choi was instrumental in increasing enrollment, faculty hiring, innovative research, and new and expanded industry partnerships. More specifically, he spearheaded an $18 million University Academic Plan in 2015 to strengthen research, teaching effectiveness and public engagement, and helped launch the Tech Park program to enhance research and training programs with industry partners such as Pratt and Whitney, General Electric, Comcast and Fraunhofer. Earlier at UConn he was the dean of the School of Engineering.
Choi graduated in 1987 from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign with a B.S. in engineering. He earned his master’s in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton, followed by a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 1992. Before joining UConn in 2008, he was an assistant then associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Later he served as the head of the mechanical engineering department, and as associate dean for research and graduate studies at Drexel University.