The University of Missouri board of curators have picked law school professor Michael A. Middleton as the new interim President of the University in wake of the resignation of President Wolfe, he will be the second Black President at Mizzou ever.
Michael A. Middleton is currently Mizzou’s deputy chancellor emeritus and a professor emeritus of law and previously served as vice provost for minority affairs and faculty development. He is a charter member of the Zeta Alpha chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity inc. seated at Mizzou, and also he helped found the Legion of Black Collegians while a student at Mizzou. Middleton was the third Black student to graduate from the school’s Law program. Middleton previously served as attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. He currently sits on the 40-member Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court.
This is a prolific win for the student based movement #ConcernedStudent1950 and a big step forward, towards a more inclusive and welcoming climate for minority students at the university, as Middleton seems more than qualified to address issues that already exist as well as those that may arise. Reactions from the students are a mix of excitement, joy, and from some spite. For us at Hazi Thoughts it appears to be a step in the right direction, and as always “stay in the need to know”