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MUL Welcomes Interim President/CEO Steven Belton

The Minneapolis Urban League is proud of its history and remains firmly committed to its mission and purpose. While the organization goes through a transition, the MUL's Board of Directors knew it would be important to act quickly to identify someone who understands that history and purpose with the skills to lead the organization. Therefore the Board, chaired by Clinton L. Collins, Jr., has appointed Mr. Steven Belton to serve as Interim President/CEO, overseeing the League's operations while a national search is conducted and a permanent selection is made.


MEET STEVEN BELTON: Steven Belton is an experienced executive, attorney and community leader with over thirty years tenure in high-level positions in state government, public schools and the non-profit and private sectors. He has worked as Chief of Staff, Executive Director of Employee Relations and Director of Diversity and Equal Opportunity for the Minneapolis Public Schools, was a partner and litigator at Leonard, Street and Deinard where he specialized in employment, product liability and family law, President and CEO of the Urban Coalition of Minneapolis, and Executive Director of the State Council on Black Minnesotans. Currently he serves as youth minister and is on the preaching staff at Park Avenue United Methodist Church in south Minneapolis.

Married for nearly 34 years to Sharon Sayles Belton, the former Mayor of Minneapolis, Steven and Sharon have three adult children.

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Open Letter

To Urban League Academy Students, Families, Staff

and the Community

On behalf of the Minneapolis Urban League (MUL) Board of Directors and staff I am sorry to announce today the closure of the Urban League Academy (ULA) at the end of the 2014-15 school year, effective June 5, 2015. This is a sad day for our students and their families, staff and the community. The ULA has been a caring and encouraging place for our extraordinary students; our dedicated and talented staff has provided an environment of support and high expectations.

MUL has operated the Urban League Academy in partnership with the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) for over forty years. Unfortunately, funds to educate ULA students have not kept up with costs. The MUL has absorbed operating losses from ULA each of the past several years. In April, the MUL board agreed to lease its school building located on 22nd St. and Blaisdell to a startup charter school, which will provide revenue to the MUL. A search for an alternative location for ULA proved unsuccessful.

The MUL and MPS will offer assistance to parents and students to identify school options for the 2015-16 academic year. MUL and MSP staffs also are available to address other questions about the transition and make service referrals. ULA teachers and staff will be focused on teaching and assuring academic success for all our students for the remainder of this school year and we encourage students, parents and family members to share in that commitment.

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The MUL will continue to advocate for educational equity. In the coming months we will explore strategies and develop options for new educational services, particularly for students who struggle to succeed in a traditional school setting. We thank you for choosing the Urban League Academy and wish you success in your future endeavors.



Steven Belton

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