Black leaders say Bryant appointments lack diversity

The state Legislative Black Caucus and Coalition on Black Higher Education are criticizing Gov. Phil Bryant’s appointments to the state College Board saying they lack diversity and representation of historically black universities.

The groups, including alumni association leaders, plan a Thursday press conference at the Capitol to address their concerns.

Black Caucus Chairman Sen. Kenny Wayne Jones, D-Canton, in a statement said “the governor has lacked diversity in his appointments of minorities, including women.”

Bryant has appointed four members to the 12-member College Board, and has four appointments pending who will start in May. Those eight include one woman and two African Americans, none graduates of Mississippi’s historically black public universities.

Clarion Ledger