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University of Missouri names black administrator with civil rights background as interim president

University of Missouri names black administrator with civil rights background as interim president

The University of Missouri's governing board Thursday appointed a recently retired senior administrator from its flagship campus to be the university system's interim president.

Michael Middleton, 68, takes over for Tim Wolfe, who resigned abruptly Monday amid student-led protests over his administration's handling of racial complaints.

Middleton, who is black, resigned as deputy chancellor of the Columbia campus in August and took on the role of deputy chancellor emeritus. He had been working part-time with the campus' chancellor, R. Bowen Loftin, on a plan to increase inclusion and diversity at the school.

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