LeRoy Pernell to head Minority Affairs Office
LEROY PERNELL TO BE INTERIM VICE PROVOST FOR MINORITY AFFAIRS 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 university." 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 campus. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) Thu, 26 Aug 93 16:52:24 EST] All documents are the responsibility of their originator.