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Gay college presidents form group

Nine openly gay college presidents gathered in Chicago last weekend and resolved to form an organization to provide professional support to "out" presidents and faculty.

An account in the online journal Inside Higher Ed says 25 openly gay presidents were invited.

Gay and lesbian presidents were considerably less usual as recently as the mid-1990s, attendees said. "Skittish governing boards" often resist hiring or promoting gay presidents for fear of alienating donors or lawmakers, the Chronicle reports. Gay provosts and deans might never offer themselves as candidates for a presidency simply to avoid the scrutiny that comes with a candidacy.

The Chronicle of Higher Education compiled a list of 11 openly gay or lesbian presidents in 2007. Several more have been hired more recently, including the presidents of Grinnell and Montgomery colleges.

(DeRionne Pollard, who came to Montgomery College from Las Positas College in Livermore, appears to be the only openly gay president from the D.C. region.)

Rounding out the Chronicle's list are Michael Hoyle, president of McIntosh College in New Hampshire; Neal King, president of Antioch University in Los Angeles; Sean Buffington, University of the Arts; Raymond Crossman, Adler School of Professional Psychology; Ralph Hexter, Hampshire College; Cynthia Huggins, University of Maine at Machias; Theodora Kalikow, University of Maine at Farmington; Charles Middleton, Roosevelt University; Richard Ortner, Boston Conservatory; Biddy Martin, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin at Madison; and James Warwick, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Los Angeles Division.

Who else was invited? Perhaps one of the higher education journals will publish a more complete list as a followup.

Participants in the Chicago meeting said they want to encourage more gay academicians to aspire to positions of leadership, and to push colleges to include sexual orientation whenever talking of diversity, according to Inside Higher Ed.

"We all kind of felt we were making history," Kalikow told the publication.

Middleton co-hosted the meeting with Crossman, both representing the host city. They have tentatively named their organization the LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education and made plans to reconvene annually. I do not yet see a dedicated Web site.

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By Daniel de Vise  |  August 9, 2010; 11:50 AM ET
Categories:  Administration  | Tags: Chicago college presidents meeting, LGBTQ college presidents, gay college presidents, gays in higher education  
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Comments

As if the academic establishment were not already doing all it can to promote radical homosexualist ideology and propaganda.

Posted by: thebump | August 10, 2010 2:49 AM | Report abuse

anything to promote homosexuals is wapo and fellow travellers goal. this is news?

Posted by: pofinpa | August 10, 2010 6:13 AM | Report abuse

I just can't see where their sexual orientation has to be publicly known. Why not keep your personal life PERSONAL?

Posted by: slamming | August 10, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

"I just can't see where their sexual orientation has to be publicly known. Why not keep your personal life PERSONAL?"

Fine. I have an exercise for you. Go one day without mentioning your wife, children, girl or boyrfriend. That means taking down all those pictures in your office, not bringing them up in conversation even in passing, and -- to be really thorough -- moving away from them to a private dwelling where no inference of the fact that you're heterosexual can ever be made.

Sound tempting?

Posted by: cllr | August 10, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

What cllr said.

Otherwise, one more excellent reason to support full equality is to hasten the arrival of the day when everyone will be as bored by this story as I was.

Posted by: carlaclaws | August 10, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

So they want to be treated like everyone else, except when they are demanding special consideration and forming extremist groups based on who they have sex with?

Notice the colleges, other than UW, are diploma mills.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | August 10, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I thought Dr. DeRionne Pollard, at Montgomery College, was skipping her first week at work visiting her "sick father" in Chicago, instead she had to party with her other LGBT counter parts, wonder how much the College paid for that visit! She must be following in the footsteps of her predecessor. Just like MC, good job BoT!

Posted by: jahvis | August 10, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

I guess the heterosexuals are keeping their orientations unknown, when the bring their wives or girlfriends/ husbands or boyfriends to functions? Do you suffer discrimination, when you talk about your marriage or relationship? Open your tiny minds and stop trying to rationalize your hatred of Gays. Some of you look at the old southern lifestyle and call them ignorant. Your beliefs about Gays are rooted in the same type of ignorance.

Posted by: rcvinson64 | August 10, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me, but could somebody please explain the enormous amounts of time and energy devoted to this? OK, you're gay.

Now what? Am I supposed to do something with that? Do I learn a secret handshake, or do I get a secret decoder ring, or...?

How about this: I'll treat you just like I treat everyone around me when it comes to your "sexual identity." It's not part of my equation. You're a human being, and I'll treat you with respect, and that's it. Isn't that enough? Quite frankly, going beyond that in most social or business situations is unacceptable, regardless of your orientation.

Posted by: tmkelley | August 10, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Cornell1984 I believe if you look into a few other colleges you will notice that they are not in fact "diploma mills" - Grinnell, Hampshire, etc.

Posted by: dmmorad | August 10, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Eh. Diversity is just a watchword for giving special preferences to types of people that politically aggressive liberals prefer. According to a number of recent reports on higher education, one of the most underrepresented groups in colleges (particularly "elite" coastal colleges, in an amazing coincidence) is poor white people. Lacking the wealth and connections of white coastal elites, and the politically-acceptable sob stories of other socio-economically disadvantaged groups, poor white people also face a prejudicial assumption that they are conservative (or as liberals put it so sympathetically, "dumb rednecks") and therefore don't "deserve" to attend our predominantly liberal colleges. If you scratch the surface, colleges that claim to seek diversity invariably mean a particular type of politically correct diversity, in much the same fashion that they set up campus speech codes that regulate free speech to prohibit anything that deviates from their orthodoxy (at a SCHOOL).

That their so-called "diverse" student body invariably self segregates into the African-American dorm, the Pacific Islander/Asian dorms, etc is just the cherry on top.

Posted by: zippyspeed | August 10, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

*sigh* I am tired of the "gay this" "gay that" organizations. Enough already!

Posted by: georgana | August 10, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

What about presiden all homosexuell man or lesbian women . All men marriaged with another man and woman with another woman of course in whole west - world . Let the rest of world decide how they lie or marriage althoug hetreosexuell .

Posted by: k100 | August 10, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Homosexuals are child molestors. Proof. Just ask all those promoting gay rights who say they are gay to take a
lie dectector test. the kids too. Why not? because they are child molestors.

Posted by: amercrutio1001 | August 10, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Go clir!

@amercrutio1001: you need help. or, at least, a lie-detector test.

Posted by: Astitva | August 10, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Fine. I have an exercise for you. Go one day without mentioning your wife, children, girl or boyrfriend. That means taking down all those pictures in your office, not bringing them up in conversation even in passing, and -- to be really thorough -- moving away from them to a private dwelling where no inference of the fact that you're heterosexual can ever be made.

done. why don't we start a non homosexual group. wonder, in this homosexual group, are non-homosexuals allowed?

How about this: I'll treat you just like I treat everyone around me when it comes to your "sexual identity." It's not part of my equation. You're a human being, and I'll treat you with respect, and that's it. Isn't that enough? Quite frankly, going beyond that in most social or business situations is unacceptable, regardless of your orientation.

this provides the truth, if any on leftwing of deviances care to partake: Diversity is just a watchword for giving special preferences to types of people that politically aggressive liberals prefer. According to a number of recent reports on higher education, one of the most underrepresented groups in colleges (particularly "elite" coastal colleges, in an amazing coincidence) is poor white people. Lacking the wealth and connections of white coastal elites, and the politically-acceptable sob stories of other socio-economically disadvantaged groups, poor white people also face a prejudicial assumption that they are conservative (or as liberals put it so sympathetically, "dumb rednecks") and therefore don't "deserve" to attend our predominantly liberal colleges. If you scratch the surface, colleges that claim to seek diversity invariably mean a particular type of politically correct diversity, in much the same fashion that they set up campus speech codes that regulate free speech to prohibit anything that deviates from their orthodoxy (at a SCHOOL).

be normal, act normal, be treated normal.

Posted by: pervleft | August 10, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Nine openly gay college presidents gathered.

question. no female homosexuals attended, or were invited, or all were excluded.

Posted by: pervleft | August 10, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

push colleges to include sexual orientation whenever talking of diversity, according to Inside Higher Ed.
it is just a WAG but i would guess about 99% of universities not only include homosexuality, but they promote it.
reason, well, if i need to tell you that you will never know. the university was where i met my first homosexual professor. I took a class from him even though he suggested we get together for a little talk, maybe a little more. I declined, and that was the end of it. HE WASN'T MY TYPE! too small.

Posted by: pervleft | August 10, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

I thought Dr. DeRionne Pollard, at Montgomery College, was skipping her first week at work visiting her "sick father" in Chicago, instead she had to party with her other LGBT counter parts, wonder how much the College paid for that visit! She must be following in the footsteps of her predecessor. Just like MC, good job BoT!

I wish to apologise to Ms. Pollard for my rude comment and inapprorate remark! She did not attend this event according to the website.

Posted by: jahvis | August 10, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

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