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University Of Missouri System Names A New Interim President

The former U.S. Department of Justice secretary is ready to address 'daunting challenges' at Mizzou.

Following the controversial resignation of former president Tim Wolfe, the University of Missouri system on Thursday (Nov. 12) named Mike Middleton, a former deputy assistant secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education (DEC), as his interim replacement.

“I am honored to accept the appointment as interim president of the UM System, and lead our state’s premiere university during this extraordinary time. The time has come for us to acknowledge and address our daunting challenges, and return to our relentless adherence to the University of Missouri’s mission to discover, disseminate, preserve and apply knowledge," Middleton said. “I am looking forward to working closely with the leadership on our four campuses, and Missouri’s state leaders, to move this great university forward."

A graduate of University of Missouri and the third-ever African American graduate from University of Missouri Law school, Middleton worked as a trial attorney in the United States Department of Justice (Civil Rights Division), director of the Office of Systemic Programs at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in addition to his work at the DEC. He also served as a law professor and deputy chancellor in the school system until August 2015.

Since then, he'd worked part-time at the school "directing efforts to improve inclusion, diversity and equity within campus activities."