I Remember Bill – Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

by | Jun 29, 2022 | Education

My earliest recollection of meeting Bill Cox dates to the 1980s, when I was on the faculty and a senior academic administrator at Virginia Commonwealth University. My work took me to Washington occasionally, and when we could coordinate schedules, we met at Bill’s Office in Fairfax, Va.Bill was the public face of Black Issues in Higher Education, a joint venture with his business partner Frank L. Matthews, a member of the faculty at George Mason University.American higher education has changed lots since then, and to its credit, the publication that Bill co-founded more than four decades ago has adapted without missing a beat. What began as Black Issues In Higher Education is now Diverse, aptly reflecting its values, its readership, and its multi-racial, multi-cultural clients and stakeholders. Unequivocally, it serves all adequately and equitably.The narrative does not end here, however. Diverse enjoys the singular distinction of having reshaped the coverage of faculty, staff, and student issues that pertain to Blacks, Latinos, Asian Americans, and Native Americans. When the predecessor to Diverse began, Blacks and other underrepresented minorities received scant attention from The Chronicle of Higher Education. Diverse changed that and higher education is better because of it.Bill was an alumnus of Alabama A & M University. He underst …

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