Lack of diversity among trustees draws scrutiny

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana's public universities are largely overseen by men, and experts fear the lack of diversity could hinder the institutions' abilities to serve increasingly diverse students and staffs.

An Indianapolis Star review found that women hold barely a fifth of the seats on trustee boards across the state, even though they outnumber men at most of the state's public universities.

A 2010 study by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges found that just 28 percent of public university trustees nationally are women. Less than 25 percent are minorities.

Gov. Mike Pence has appointed 15 men and eight women to university boards. Spokeswoman Christy Denault says diversity is a consideration but that the governor's first priority is to find the person with the right skills and experiences.

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