Around the industry: University of Missouri System names black alumnus as interim president

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  • Missouri: The University of Missouri System Board of Curators named alumnus and black administrator as interim president of the four campuses on Thursday. Mike Middleton will take on the role immediately. A former deputy chancellor of the flagship Columbia campus, Middleton retired from that post at the end of August and has since been working part-time directing diversity efforts in the system. "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," Middleton said (Klayman, Reuters, 11/12).
  • Washington, D.C.: Howard University increased security out of an "abundance of caution" after an anonymous threat against its students was made online, school officials announced Thursday. The author of the comment repeatedly uses a racial slur in the post and said, "Any [slur] left at Howard University after 10 tomorrow will be the first to go ... Sure the po po [sic] will take me down, but I'll go out a hero knowing I made the world better." University President Wayne Frederick says the school is working with campus, local, and federal law enforcement for the ongoing investigation (Giambrone, Washington City Paper, 11/12).

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