CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–April 4, 2014. After more than a decade of service, Roosevelt University President Charles R. Middleton has announced he will retire on June 30, 2015.
As Roosevelt’s fifth president, Middleton has transformed the University in important ways since his arrival in 2002.
“Chuck Middleton has been a transformational President for Roosevelt University and we will deeply miss his strategic and mission-driven leadership,” said James J. Mitchell III, chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees.
“During his years with Roosevelt, he has elevated the University’s image, led our efforts to expand faculty, strengthen the curriculum and improve facilities. In addition, President Middleton’s commitment to the success of our students, faculty and staff has always been unwavering and in line with the institution’s guiding theme of social justice,” Mitchell said.
Among noteworthy accomplishments, Middleton changed the University climate from one that serves primarily part-time adult students to an institution for more traditional-age full-time students; he created a sixth college, the College of Pharmacy; he hired a record number of new full-time faculty members; he instituted a flat-rate tuition program; he resumed intercollegiate athletics for men and developed an intercollegiate athletics program for women; and he improved University facilities with construction of Roosevelt’s 32-story Wabash Building and the Goodman Center.
“Throughout his tenure, President Middleton has worked collaboratively with the Board of Trustees and the University community. We are fortunate that he has been our chief executive during a time of great change in higher education and at Roosevelt University,” Mitchell said.
Roosevelt’s Board of Trustees will appoint a search committee composed of members of the University community and will select an executive search firm to help identify the best high-quality candidates for consideration as the University’s sixth President. It is anticipated that the new President will be elected by the Board of Trustees in Spring 2015 and that he or she will begin on July 1, 2015.