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LeRoy Pernell to head Minority Affairs Office


     COLUMBUS -- LeRoy Pernell, professor of law at The Ohio
State University, today (8/26) was named interim vice provost for
minority affairs by President E. Gordon Gee.  His appointment
must be confirmed by the university's Board of Trustees, which
meets Sept. 1.

     Pernell replaces David Williams II, who recently became the
university's vice president for student affairs.

     Pernell, 43, joined the Ohio State law faculty as an adjunct
professor in 1975, the year after receiving his J.D. degree from
the college.  He teaches courses in torts, criminal procedure and
juvenile law.

     He has been involved in the area of legislative reform at
the state and national levels, including advising the Ohio
Legislature on pending legislation in the areas of civil
commitment, juvenile justice, and criminal justice; and
previously served on the Governor's Council on Juvenile Justice.

     In 1982, he chaired a national subcommittee on juvenile
justice for the Congressional Black Caucus.  He is also co-
founder and past chair of the Columbus chapter of the National
Conference of Black Lawyers, and teaches the law school's seminar
in racism and law.

     Gee called Pernell, whose salary will be $97,000, "a
distinguished scholar, a life-long advocate for the rights of
minorities, and a respected member of the Ohio State community."

     Gee said that the position is interim because the final
structure of the Office of Minority Affairs and reporting lines
"are still to be decided in the context of consolidations and
restructuring now under way throughout the administration of the

     When a final decision is made, Gee said, a search for the
permanent vice provost will take place.  "Dr. Pernell, of course,
will be a candidate if he wishes to be."

     Pernell's experience at Ohio State includes being one of the
faculty advisers to the Black Law Student Association, and vice
chair of the university's Athletic Council.  He also is a
recipient of the university's Distinguished Affirmative Action
Award for his work on behalf of all minority populations on

     In 1981, 1982, 1986 and 1993, Pernell directed summer
institutes for the Council on Legal Educational Opportunity to
assist minority and disadvantaged law school applicants.

     His many civic activities include service on the boards of
the Association for the Developmentally Disabled, the Legal Aid
Society, Montessori Educational Center, and Youth Advocates
Services, as well as the Franklin County Children's Services
Advisory Board.

     His bachelor's degree is from Franklin and Marshall College.


Contact: LeRoy Pernell, (614) 292-3047.

[Submitted by: GERSTNER  (gerstner@ccgate.ucomm.ohio-state.edu)
Thu, 26 Aug 93 16:52:24 EST]
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