Press Release - USM Vice Chancellor Named President of Roosevelt University
April 5, 2002
USM Vice Chancellor Named President of Roosevelt University
Charles R. "Chuck" Middleton, vice chancellor for academic affairs
for the University System of Maryland (USM), has been appointed president of
Roosevelt University, effective July 1. Middleton will succeed Theodore
L. Gross, who is retiring.
"Roosevelt University made a great choice," said USM Chancellor Don
Langenberg. "I'm familiar with Roosevelt from my time in Chicago.
Chuck Middleton's extensive experience as a professor and academic leader is
an ideal match with Roosevelt's tradition and aspirations. I know that
his many friends throughout the USM will miss him and wish him the very
"Chuck Middleton has a proven track record of academic accomplishments,
administrative leadership, and the ability to confront new challenges facing
higher education," said Roosevelt Board Chairman James J. Mitchell III.
"We are certain he will lead Roosevelt University toward greater academic
excellence and, at the same time, become an important civic leader in
"It is a great honor to be chosen to lead Roosevelt University,"
said Middleton. "I will take with me many positive experiences from this
very exciting time in Maryland higher education. I've made many lasting
friendships here and I know the work of my colleagues throughout the USM will
ensure the system's continued success."
Roosevelt University, a private, nonsectarian university with comprehensive
campuses in downtown Chicago and northwest suburban Schaumburg, Illinois has
7,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Founded in 1945, the
university is named after both Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and is one of
the nation's first institutions of higher education to admit all qualified
students regardless of race, religion or gender. U.S. News and World
Report ranks Roosevelt as the most diverse private university in the Midwest.
Middleton has been in his current position since 1999. As vice chancellor for
academic affairs, he is responsible for policy development in faculty affairs,
information technology, research, graduate education, and student affairs.
Middleton was provost and vice president of academic affairs at Bowling Green
State University in Ohio from 1996 until 1999. Prior to joining Bowling
Green, he was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of
Colorado in Boulder for eight years.
Middleton is a magna cum laude graduate with honors in history from Florida
State University. He also earned a M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University.