HBCU Coalition Head Criticizes Morgan President

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Friday, January 18, 2013

A Morgan State University alumnus who is leading a coalition suing the state over discrimination at historically black colleges and universities has criticized the university's embattled president for showing "minimal interest and involvement in the lawsuit."

David J. Burton, president of the Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland Higher Education, wrote in a letter to Dallas R. Evans, chair of Morgan's Board of Regents, saying university president David J. Wilson's actions could "be interpreted as his being against rather than in support of the Coalition's case."

In early December, the regents abruptly moved not to extend Wilson's contract when it expired at the end of the academic year โ€” a decision that drew fire from faculty members, students and alumni who praised Wilson's vision for the university. The regents voted 8-7 in a closed session to seek a replacement for Wilson, who has led the university for 21/2 years.

Late last month, the regents โ€” with the exception of Evans โ€” voted to give Wilson a new contract for an additional year at the university. The regents are slated to meet Thursday, although the purpose of their meeting has not been disclosed.

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