Chuck Middleton Roosevelt University

Career lessons first openly gay college president

President of Roosevelt University, Chuck Middleton

Chuck Middleton is the first openly gay man to become a college president in the United States. A classic servant leader he started as a professor then executive back to teaching for 6 years and 30+ years an executive.

In this interview, you’ll learn how he advanced his executive career and the advantages of being gay in running a university.


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Quote of the Day

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


3 Lessons from Interview

  1. How being gay can be asset in running a company

  2. What Chuck learned from getting NOT picked for President at another university

  3. The key reason Chuck was able to develop 6 current college presidents from his staff


Featured Books

The Team of Rivals

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How Abraham Lincoln assembled a successful presidential cabinet of people from different parties and viewpoints.

Tip and the Gipper

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The story of how conservative US president Ronald Reagan worked successfully with liberal US Speaker of the House Tip O’Neil.


Getting to Know Chuck Middleton

What is a Helpful Habit?

Quit when he begins to feel tired. He holds off, rests, and gets back to the task later.

What is a Helpful Resource for You?

Google and read widely from different perspectives

Who is a Helpful Person that Helped You on Your Journey?

His partner of 33 years John. A reality check whenever Chuck has flights of fancy 🙂

What is Your Purpose on this Planet?

Take my talents and skills to benefit other people – first and foremost.

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Derrick Duplessy

Executive Director at Duplessy Foundation
Derrick has coached 500+ executives in 10 years as an executive coach. He runs Duplessy Foundation which is dedicated to creating meaningful careers for everyone. He also hosts Purpose Rockstar, a daily show on iTunes where he shares the career stories of a variety of guests.

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