Thursday, November 12, 2015

thank gawd they had a freshly mothballed archon close to hand to simmer the pot down...,

columbiamissourian |  Michael Middleton was named the interim system president of the University of Missouri System early Thursday afternoon. 

“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,” Middleton said in a system news release. “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.”
“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,” he said in the release, issued at the same time Middleton's appointment was announced at a UM System Board of Curators news conference.
Also Thursday, the curators accelerated the transition of authority from MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin to Interim Chancellor Hank Foley, giving Foley the responsibilities of the MU Office of Chancellor effective immediately.
"Our priorities have been to keep our campus community informed and safe, and to make sure students, faculty and staff are aware of the many resources available to them in terms of counseling, mental health services and other support," Foley said in the release. “I am looking forward to working with Interim President Middleton and the other system chancellors to continue to forward progress at the University of Missouri.”
Middleton, deputy chancellor emeritus of MU, retired Aug. 31 after 30 years at the university including 17 as deputy chancellor. In that role, Middleton assisted the chancellor in his day-to-day work, appointed the Campus Climate Task Force and headed the Conflict of Interest Oversight Committee, according to previous Missourian reporting.
Beyond his daily duties, he also worked with organizations and committees on campus focused on improving gender and race equality, such as the Black Faculty and Staff Organization, Tribute to MU Women and the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center.
Middleton is a member of the Faculty Council Committee on Race Relations.