MU names new interim diversity leader

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COLUMBIA - MU announced Tuesday Chuck Henson will be the new Interim Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity.

Henson said, "There are many faculty of color, of other differences, that may feel marginalized. They may feel as if they are not included."

Henson is currently the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Trial Practice Professor of Law.  

Henson could not comment whether or not the demands from ConcernedStudent1950 would or would not be met. However, he said a lack of diversity is a huge issue.

"The reality is it is an issue across the country. Is that something we can improve on? Absolutely. Is that something we should improve on? Absolutely."

MU Associate Director of MU News Bureau Christian Basi said the process of finding someone for the postion has been a point of a focus for a long time.

Henson said he is not thinking right now of whether or not he will fill the position permenantly. He said he is only focused on the present.

When asked about his new position, Henson said he feels a great gratitude to serve. He would not comment on the Concerned Student 1950 demands, but did say he will help the process toward change.

"I'm not sure I will live long enough to know when change has fully occurred," Henson said.

MU Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Garnett Stokes said, "We're looking forward to working with him as we continue to make Mizzou an inclusive and welcoming community for everyone who teaches, works and studies here."

Henson said, "The issue is one of a greater process to make sure that diverse candidates are interested in coming to Mizzou.

[Editor's note: This story has been updated to fix the day of the week in the first paragraph.]