Michael Middleton, Deputy Chancellor, MU

Naveen Mahadevan

"Every black person or any woman in this country near my age has had the same story. Everyone who has had some success has suffered similar marginalization, racism or sexism and has overcome it."

Over the years, Middleton landed several dream jobs at the Department of Justice before becoming a professor at MU in 1985. He was also the first black member of the law school faculty. He retired from teaching 10 years ago and now has one of the highest-ranking positions on campus. But still, he does not believe that he is done anything truly significant.