Dr. Chuck Middleton served as chair of the board of trustees of the seven City Colleges of Chicago from 2015 to 2017. During his tenure, the Colleges completed a major transformation in their academic quality and program focus and scope. He successfully led the search for a new chancellor and strengthened board oversight of academic and student support programs while maintaining the fiscal integrity of the college system. As the immediate past president of Roosevelt University, serving from July 2002 through June 2015, he led successful efforts to enhance the quality of student life and to hire a new generation of talented faculty members and administrators. His interests include developing campus leaders for the next generation. In that work, he serves both as pro bono executive director of the LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education, an organization which he helped found in 2010, and as a faculty member in the Fellows Program at the American Council on Education.
Prior to his service as president, Dr. Middleton was a history professor and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder; provost and vice president for academic affairs at Bowling Green State University; and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University System of Maryland. He has been active as a university leader and involved in higher education governance organizations for many decades, including service on the board of the American Council on Education. His scholarly accomplishments earned him election as a fellow of Britain's Royal Historical Society. He currently serves on the boards of SAGE and PFLAG, where he advocates LGBTQ rights.