University of Missouri Appoints Black Interim President – Former Civil Rights Lawyer Michael Middleton
The University of Missouri appointed Michael Middleton interim president today.
The AP reported:
The University of Missouri’s governing board on Thursday appointed one of its first black law school graduates to be the university system’s interim president, and he vowed to address the frustrations behind student-led protests that helped force his predecessor from office.
Michael Middleton, 68, cited his 30 years at the university, where he was an undergraduate before attending its law school and going on to be a faculty member and administrator.
“I have seen the system grow and excel over the years and I look with great optimism in the future,” said Middleton, who resigned in August as deputy chancellor of the system’s flagship campus in Columbia.
He said the university “has faced its share of troubling incidents and we recognize that we must move forward as a community.
“We must embrace these issues as they come, and they will come to define us in the future.”
Middleton takes over for Tim Wolfe, who abruptly resigned on Monday amid student-led protests over his administration’s handling of racial complaints.