Resolution Accepts President’s Apology

At its final meeting of the year, on April 16, the Faculty Council voted to pass a resolution acknowledging the hurt caused by President James Wagner’s use of the three-fifths compromise clause in his column in the Winter 2013 Emory Magazine, yet also accepting his apology. “While his words were insensitive, they were not malicious in intent, and discussion of them has revealed failures throughout our community to live up to the diverse and inclusive ideal to which we aspire,” the resolution reads. “President Wagner’s reference to the three-fifths compromise was particularly unfortunate because it detracts from many endeavors Emory University has initiated under his leadership. . . . Furthermore, James Wagner has shown dedicated leadership in setting forth a vision for the future and heading a successful campaign to raise much needed resources to fund Emory’s mission of creating, preserving, teaching, and applying knowledge in the service of humanity. President Wagner has indicated his intentions to continue such efforts with renewed emphasis. . . . We state our firm support for his continued leadership in the years ahead to continue the work yet to be done.” To read the full text of the resolution, click here.


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