The Race Card is in Play at Indiana University:
At its first campus-wide emergency meeting in nearly 20 years, the faculty council at Indiana University in Bloomington overwhelmingly expressed a lack of confidence in the leadership of system chancellor Adam W. Herbert Jr. The council authorized a resolution calling for the board of trustees to conduct a midterm review of Herbert's performance. The faculty said that Dr. Herbert, who is an African American, is generally unavailable to faculty representatives, alumni, and major donors. The resolution said that Herbert shows a "profound lack of visibility in key public and professional settings, leading to direct negative consequences for the university."
But a group of black professors and faculty members believe the criticisms of Dr. Herbert are unfair and that race may have played a role in the decision to challenge his leadership. The black faculty members also fear that the controversy, if seen as an unfair attack on a black man, will make it difficult to attract other black faculty, administrators, and students to the Bloomington campus.