Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Search Committee's Lack of Diversity Upsets Ky. Faculty

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Search Committee's Lack of Diversity Upsets Ky. Faculty

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LEXINGTON, Ky.- Some Black faculty members at the University of Kentucky are angry that no minorities are included among a committee searching for the school's next president.

Faculty members recently sent a letter to Board of Trustees Chairman Billy Joe Miles questioning why all 12 of the search committee members are White.

The group is made up of trustees, faculty members, alumni, staff and students. It was appointed in April.

"In a tax-supported institution of higher learning, the exclusion of African American members of the community from a national presidential search violates all principles of inclusiveness, equity and democratic representation," the letter says.

Of the university's 1,892 faculty members, only 62 are Black. Blacks make up about 10 percent of staff employees, and about 5 percent of the student body.

Lauretta Byars, the university's vice chancellor of minority affairs, says the lack of Blacks on the committee was the result of the selection process itself. …

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