Steve Owens, UM System general counsel, is interim chancellor for the University of Missouri.
Owens served as interim president of the University of Missouri System from January 2011 through February 2012. During this period, he worked closely with other university general officers, including chancellors on the four campuses, to continue pursuing strategic priorities and initiatives of the university emphasizing the preservation and promotion of quality and excellence in institutional core mission.
Under his leadership, the university balanced its $2.7 billion budget despite an 8 percent reduction in state support and a projected $42 million revenue shortfall, while faculty and staff received their first pay raise in three years. Also during his tenure, he helped secure stability for the University of Missouri athletics program and budget by working with Chancellor Brady Deaton and the university’s governing board to move the school from the Big 12 Conference to the Southeastern Conference.
Representing the third generation of his family to attend the university, Owens graduated from MU in 1977 and joined the University of Missouri System as general counsel in January 2008.
Mike Middleton, MU deputy chancellor, is the transition executive during the interim period between MU chancellors.
Middleton has served as deputy chancellor at MU since 1998 and as a professor in the School of Law since 1985. He was vice-provost from 1977 to 1999.
Middleton served as deputy chancellor during the terms of chancellors Richard Wallace and Brady Deaton, a period of rapid growth in the university’s enrollment and research productivity. As deputy chancellor, Middleton provides exceptional leadership focused on legal, policy and regulatory compliance, operational performance and dispute resolution.
Prior to joining the university faculty in 1985, Middleton served from 1979 to 1985 in the federal government’s Senior Executive Service, providing leadership at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Education. He helped guide both agencies through major organizational transitions.
Middleton earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from MU in 1968. He is a 1971 graduate of the MU School of Law.