The University of Kentucky presidential search is already off to a bad start if, as the search consultant reported last week, there is a perception among academia's elites that UK wouldn't choose a woman or minority as its next president.
A decade into the 21st century, UK is still viewed as a bastion of white-male supremacy. That's disappointing, if not surprising.
A lot of highly capable women are leading universities, including a former UK professor and trustee, who is the University of Michigan's president. And there should be more minorities in leadership positions.
So, a perception that UK isn't "ready" for a minority or woman will drive away some of the best presidential prospects.
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What seemed most troubling to committee chairman James Stuckert was the possibility that one of his fellow search committee members would pull a Julian Assange and breach the privacy of a public institution.
Stuckert warned of harsh consequences for anyone who leaks information about presidential candidates. He said leakers would be sued.
It's unclear who would have standing to sue or on what grounds. But at least we'll have a catchy name: UkyLeaks.