Middleton, who is
African-American black, has worked as a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division (Eric Holder’s DOJ) and associate general counsel at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He received both his undergraduate and law degrees at the university’s Columbia, Mo., campus.
The former president, Tim Wolfe, resigned Monday after protests over his handling of a number of racially charged incidents at the school, including racial epithets directed at black students and a swastika scribbled with feces in a dorm.
The new interim president had also directed the St. Louis district office of the EEOC before taking a faculty position at Missouri’s law school in 1985. He retired in August from the university, having spent 17 years as deputy chancellor of the main campus in Columbia, Mo.