PhD Project Mounts New Effort to Increase Racial Diversity in Administrative Posts at U.S. Business Schools

Last month JBHE reported that since 1994 the Ph.D. Project had been instrumental in more than tripling the number of minority professors at the nation’s business schools. The PhD Project acts as an information clearinghouse and mentoring organization to African Americans, Hispanics, and American Indians who pursue doctoral studies in business disciplines. The project, which is supported by a large number of corporations and foundations, steers minority students to organizations that can fund their doctoral studies.

Now the PhD Project is mounting a new effort to increase racial diversity in the ranks of department chairs and administrators at U.S. business schools. Project AHEAD (Achieving Higher Education Administration Diversity) aims to increase the number of blacks and other minorities who serve as department chairs, deans, and in other administrative posts. At the present time, about 3 percent of all dean positions at U.S. business schools are held by minorities.