The governing board of the University of Missouri has selected a black law professor and deputy chancellor emeritus to serve as interim president of the university system, multiple media outlets were reporting Thursday.

Michael Middleton retired in August after 30 years at the school, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported. His selection comes three days after Tim Wolfe resigned amid controversy over his handling of a series of racially charged events on the sprawling campus in Columbia. A formal announcement was expected later Thursday.

“We are excited for the new leadership under Interim President Middleton!” tweeted Concerned Student 1950, an advocacy group named for the year the school admitted its first black student.

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