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In 2015, the University of Iowa named Bruce Harreld, a businessman, as its new president. He was the 21st consecutive White president, the 19th man to occupy the position, and his background in business rather than academia led to widespread criticism of the lack of diversity in the applicant pool and hiring process. Now, the university has ‘made diversity a cornerstone of its search’ for a new president, naming Hari Osofsky, Barbara Wilson, Wendy Hensel, and Daniel Clay as finalists.
Yesterday, the Louisiana State University Presidential Search Committee named Jim Henderson, William F. Tate IV, and Kelvin Droegemeier as finalists for the university’s top position. Henderson is currently president of the University of Louisiana system, which operates nine state colleges; Droegemeier led the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy for a period under the previous administration; and Tate is the provost at the University of South Carolina. The last year has been exceptionally rocky for LSU, which has faced public scrutiny for mishandling students’ sexual misconduct complaints and subsequent coverups, endemic fraternity hazing, and its racist history, in addition to the stresses of the pandemic.
The board of trustees of Easton’s Academy Art Museum announced yesterday that Sarah Jesse will be the museum’s new director. Jesse succeeds Benjamin Simons, who left the institution in December to become executive director and CEO of the Telfair Museums in Savannah, Georgia. Jesse was previously deputy director, interim director, and CEO at the Orange County Museum of Art in California.
“take off the mask,” by Victoruler, available under CC-BY, courtesy of The Noun Project.
For this year’s Kentucky Derby, scheduled for Saturday, Churchill Downs will have about 45,000 fans onsite- roughly a third of the crowd that normally attends the event. While the Derby signals that “it's time to ease back into living,” a process helped along by mass vaccinations and declining Covid cases and deaths, “people have got to wear masks and stay distanced.” Churchill Downs could also have made the event safer by requiring that attendees and employees have at least one vaccination shot, and limiting menu options.
Out of Kansas’s 105 counties, only four have mask mandates, and as Johnson County considers letting its mandate expire today, there may just be three left. With 600,000 residents, Johnson is the state’s largest county, and its health officials have stated that they will not oppose ending the mask order. A new state law allowing residents and business owners the right to initiate a 72 hour review of pandemic restrictions, as well as the steady rate of vaccinations and declining case numbers has been credited with the declining number of mask mandates.
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