MU Chancellor Discusses His First Days On The Job

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COLUMBIA - New University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin spoke with the media Friday about his first days on the job. His first official day in the office was Feb. 3.

One of the first topics discussed was the University of Missouri Board of Curators announcing it hired the Dowd Bennett Law Firm from St. Louis to look into how university officials handled allegations of the sexual assault of former MU swimmer Sasha Menu Courey. 

When asked what he thought of the law firm, Bowen said that he did not know much about the firm, but he said he will do anything in his power to cooperate. 

"All we can ask for in an independent investigator is that they are well qualified and professional," Bowen said.

Bowen talked about other aspects of his job like his active presence on Twitter. He said he enjoys interacting with the MU community through Twitter. He also said he spends about an hour a day on Twitter responding to tweets.

When asked about Michael Sam's recent announcement that he is gay, Loftin said he was very proud of the way the university handled it.

"It is very clear that it is a very supportive community," Bowen said.

Among other topics Loftin discussed were MU sports, challenges he's faced so far and Mizzou's move to the Southeastern Conference.