Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

UT-Knoxville Creates V.P. Post Handle Affirmative Action

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

UT-Knoxville Creates V.P. Post Handle Affirmative Action

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NOTEWORTHY NEWS: UT-KNOXVILLE CREATES V.P. POST TO HANDLE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

KNOXVILLE, TENN.

The University of Tennessee will create a new vice president position specifically to boost minority enrollment and hiring, says Dr. J. Wade Gilley, the university's president.

"For the first time, we will have a major administrator in charge of affirmative action," Gilley told The Knoxville News-Sentinel.

The vice president will oversee what had been seven separate affirmative action offices within the five-campus university system and will report directly to Gilley.

The announcement came one day after House Speaker Pro Tem Lois DeBerry, D-Memphis, blasted the university for failing to meet minority recruitment goals stemming from the desegregation lawsuit filed 32 years ago.

Theotis Robinson Jr. is expected to be Gilley's choice for the new diversity vice president. Robinson is Black and a former Knoxville city councilman and a columnist for The Knoxville News-Sentinel. …

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