The governing board of the University of Missouri on Thursday named a black law professor and deputy chancellor emeritus to serve as interim president of a university system under siege from racial turmoil.
Michael Middleton, who recently retired from the university after 30 years, earned bachelor and law degrees there. His selection came three days after Tim Wolfe resigned amid a firestorm over his handling of a series of racially charged events on the sprawling campus in Columbia.
“We all must heighten our focus, improve our culture …and share the responsibility to see our university advance in healthy ways built upon respect for others,” Middleton said. “I am energized. We need to get our community together, working together.”