McCaskill urges Mizzou community to ‘come together and support this strong leadership team’, Middleton and Foley take new roles

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, a graduate of the University of Missouri, today released the following statement as the University announced that Mike Middleton was named as interim President of the University system, and that Hank Foley will begin his new post as interim Chancellor immediately:

“Mike Middleton has been in significant leadership positions at the University for more than 30 years, and is someone that we all know and trust. Combined with the perspective that Hank Foley brings in terms of innovation and research, these changes represent real leadership with the vision to move the University forward, and should come with the support of leaders across Missouri to help make that happen. Now is the time for everyone in the University community to come together and support this strong leadership team.”

Mike Middleton has been a member of the Mizzou community for decades, graduating from the University and joining the law faculty in 1985. Before returning to Mizzou’s law faculty, he served in several federal positions in Washington D.C. focused on civil rights issues, including working as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, Associate General Counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) trial division and then director of the St. Louis district EEOC office. According to the University, beginning in 1997 he served as the Interim Vice Provost for Minority Affairs and Faculty Development for the University of Missouri. In 1998 he accepted the position of Deputy Chancellor.

Hank Foley is beginning his new job after service as Senior Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies. According to the University, in that role, he led the system’s strategic planning efforts, provided systemwide leadership in academic programs, promoted economic development and entrepreneurship, as well as advanced research collaborations.