By Daniel Perreault, 23News Reporter and Aviva Okeson-Haberman, 23News Interactive Director

Interim chancellor Hank Foley is leaving MU on May 3 to become the fourth president of the New York Institute of Technology.

According to an MU news release, Foley joined MU in 2013 as the executive vice president for academic affairs, research and economic development at the UM system before becoming senior vice chancellor for research and graduate studies at MU in 2014.

“My experience here has been the most professionally enriching that I have ever had,” interim Chancellor Hank Foley said in an email to MU students.

Foley was named interim chancellor in Nov. 2015 after then Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin resigned following the Concerned Student 1950 protests and requests from several Deans and faculty members for Loftin’s resignation.

During his time as chancellor, Foley received national attention for MU’s decision to fire Melissa Click. Foley also served as chancellor during a time when MU faced budget cuts from state legislators and declining enrollment.

Foley was responsible for the hiring of Jim Sterk as the director of athletics and Kevin McDonald as the interim vice chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, according to a news release by MU.

“My experience here has been the most professionally enriching that I have ever had,” Foley said in an email to MU students.

In an email to students, Foley said he and his wife will miss MU.

Foley issued a statement in December saying he wanted to serve as MU’s permanent chancellor

A search process to find a new chancellor for MU was announced in December. Since beginning his tenure in early March, UM System President Mun Choi has been at the helm of the process.

“I am confident the search will produce outstanding candidates, one of which will lead Mizzou into the future,” Executive Director of the Mizzou Alumni Association Todd McCubbin said in an email to members.

Choi congratulated Foley on his new position in an email to all students.

“He is an outstanding academic leader who will bring his impressive set of experiences to achieve the bold vision for NYIT” Choi said.

Foley will start his new job as president of NYIT on June 1.

“I’m looking forward to starting a new chapter of my career, to leading NYIT and building on its success and reputation in higher education,” Foley said in a news release. “I’m thrilled to be at the helm and to work with the board, faculty, staff, students, and alumni to make NYIT even more recognized for its excellent value and outstanding outcomes, both inside and outside the classroom.”

23News reached out the MU News bureau. MU spokesman Jeff Sossamon declined to comment.

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