May 25, 2007
By George Mauzy
Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis will serve on a panel at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) on May 30 in San Francisco. The panel, titled "Embracing Diversity in a Flat World: A Mandate for Presidents and Boards of Trustees," will feature the only three African Americans currently serving as presidents of predominantly white universities.
Sidney McPhee, president of Middle Tennesee State University and Sidney Ribeau, president of Bowling Green State University, will join McDavis. Portia Hunt, Ph.D., will also participate on the panel. Hunt is a professor of counseling psychology and psychological sciences at Temple University and president of Eclipse Consultant Group in Philadelphia.
Patricia Ackerman, former Ohio University trustee, and president of Chalkdust Inc. in Bedford, Ohio, will serve as moderator.
The panel will discuss diversity issues impacting higher education and the global implications of technology and curricular reform for U.S. colleges and universities. The session also will focus on a report of findings from data collected in the past year regarding awareness among college and university personnel of diversity on Boards of Trustees governing the institutions where they are employed.
NCORE was developed in 1988 to address the resurgence of racist incidents in higher education. It has since evolved into a national resource for higher education institutions. It provides an annual multicultural forum that attracts participants from many different cultural backgrounds, representing campuses across the country.
For more information, visit www.ncore.ou.edu/programdetails_dialoguesessions.html