Noted alumnus to head statewide committee to help recruit, retain minority faculty
Attorney W. George Allen ’62 of Fort Lauderdale will head a statewide committee to assist in recruiting and retaining minority law school faculty. The appointment is part of a diversity action plan formulated by Dean Jon Mills and law faculty in response to issues raised by Professor Kenneth Nunn’s resignation as Associate Dean for Law Center Affairs. “George Allen is a dynamic, farsighted professional who understands the history, importance and legacy of this college,” Mills said. “He will do an excellent job addressing an issue of extreme importance not just to us, but to the entire system of higher education in this country.” Allen is UF’s first African-American law graduate, and was named a UF Distinguished Alumnus in May — in part for his leadership role in equal rights on the state and national level. He is former president of the National Bar Association and Broward County Bar Association. Allen will recruit and organize other law school alumni, some of whom already have volunteered, to analyze the current working environment for minority faculty at the college. His committee will also develop a plan to assist in hiring and retaining minority professors. “During the last 10 years, we have averaged a minority faculty of 11 percent each year, compared to the 1999 national average of 13 percent,” Mills said, “but we know we can do more, and will do so, with George’s help.” Allen and his wife, Enid, are major contributors to the UF Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations, and he is a member of the UF Foundation Board of Directors. UF’s Black Law Student Association is named in his honor.