Charles R. “Chuck” Middleton, after a long and distinguished career in higher education spanning six decades, retired as Roosevelt University’s 5th president in 2015. Subsequently he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the City Colleges of Chicago where he is overseeing the academic transformation of that institution’s seven campuses. For over 50 years, he taught more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students and authored more than 80 scholarly books, monographs and public policy papers.
In addition to his passion for and work in higher education, Chuck’s dedication to community engagement, including advocacy for inclusiveness, social justice, and LGBT rights, is evidenced by his many professional and civic commitments. Among these he serves on the Board of Governors of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in Hyde Park, N.Y., the Board of Directors of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), the Point Foundation Board of Governors, and the Chicago History Museum Community Advisory Council. In 2011, he joined the Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) Board of Directors where he is currently Treasurer, and Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Board of Directors. He is past Co-Chair of the LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education and continues as Executive Director of that organization to work for its expanding influence and impact on college and university campuses nationwide.