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MU Chancellor Receives Honorary Degree from Thai University

September 24th, 2009

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Chancellor Brady Deaton, left, receives his honorary degree from Prince of Songkla University

Chancellor Brady Deaton, right, receives his honorary degree from Prince of Songkla University


COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton received an honorary degree from the Prince of Songkla University in Hat Yai, Thailand this week.

Founded in 1967 by the king of Thailand, the university was named to honor his father, the prince of Songkla. Considered one of the top universities in Thailand and Asia, it has been designated one of nine research universities in Thailand. This is the first time the government of Thailand has made this designation.

With more than 24,000 students enrolled in undergraduate, post graduate, master’s degree and doctorate studies, Prince of Songkla University is the first and largest university in the southern region with five different campuses distributed to serve the 14 southern provinces.

Deaton, who speaks Thai fluently, spent two years teaching vocational agricultural in Nan, Thailand in the early 1960s as a Peace Corp volunteer.

Deaton graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in agricultural economics, and also received his master of arts in diplomacy and international commerce from the university. Later, he received a master’s degree and a doctorate in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin.

During his visit to Thailand, Deaton gave a speech to the College of Education on “Transforming Leadership in a Multicultural Society.”

The degree was presented to Deaton by Princess Chulabhorn Walailak, representing her father, the King of Thailand, at the Prince of Songkla University’s graduation ceremony. Along with Deaton and more than 7,000 of the university’s graduates, honorary degrees were issued to Queen Sirikit and Princess Mahachakri Sirindhorn of Thailand.