Dr. Ken Coopwood

Wes Pratt
Missouri State University

Missouri State University has made new appointments to its diversity team less than a week after Dr. Ken Coopwood announced his resignation as vice president of Diversity and Inclusion.

The school said Friday that H. Wes Pratt will become assistant to the president/chief diversity officer and Dr. O. Gilbert Brown will assume the role of associate provost for diversity. Both appointments are pending approval by the Board of Governors.

Missouri State University

A Missouri State University administrator who was the subject of a recent investigation to determine if he had been discriminated against will resign.

Dr. Ken Coopwood will step down from his position as vice president of Diversity and Inclusion on April 30. The school says he is on leave until that time.

Missouri State University

An independent review has found no evidence to support allegations of race-based discrimination against Dr. Ken Coopwood, Missouri State University’s vice president of Diversity and Inclusion.

The school issued a statement and executive summary concerning the investigation on Thursday, a day after the full report was shared with the MSU Board of Governors.

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The chair of the Missouri State University Board of Governors, Steve Hoven, has issued a statement on “current events” on campus.  The message, sent by the University Communications Office, is in response to a petition filed on MoveOn.org by Du’Sean Howard to “call attention to the gross and racist treatment being hurled at Dr. Ken Coopwood.”  Coopwood is MSU’s first black vice-president and serves as vice president of diversity and inclusion there.

Missouri State University

As part of its public affairs mission, Missouri State University is asking campus and community members to take part in its annual diversity landmarks initiative.  KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has more.

Diversity landmarks are placards that offer written messages related to diversity and displayed across campus in the fall during Public Affairs Week and again in the spring during the conference.  Written on the plaques are quotes that are geared toward inspiring connection and engagement with and welcoming of people from all backgrounds.