With the selection of four candidates for the position of vice provost for diversity and multicultural affairs, the University has moved one step closer to addressing its diversity woes.
Of the 54 heads of departments and centers in the College and Arts and Sciences, only five are minorities, an issue interim Associate Provost for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Terri Houston said requires action.
After months of searching, the University announced that Taffye Clayton, Charles Alexander, Roger Worthington and Pedro Caban would visit UNC on Oct. 11, 14, 18 and 25, respectively. Interviews with each candidate will be held in the Pleasants Family Room of Wilson Library.
Whoever is chosen will become a member of the provost’s cabinet, meeting weekly with Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Bruce Carney.
Houston said whoever succeeds her must be able to work with a wide range of constituents.
“The candidate has to bring a willingness to listen but yet a passion to know that change can come,” she said.
The finalists all come from similar professional backgrounds, each having been head of a diversity program at a major university.
Charles Alexander is director of the Academic Advancement Program and associate vice provost for student diversity at the University of California-Los Angeles.
Alexander said his experience qualifies him for the position because the size and structure of the universities are similar.