Beverly Anderson and Ken Powell, co-presidents of the African-American Alumni Association at Harvard Business School, are mounting an effort to increase racial diversity at the school. A recent letter from the alumni leaders calls on Harvard University President Lawrence Bacow to consider several factors as he contemplates appointing a new dean for the business school.
The letter calls on President Bacow to seek a leader who will foster diversity, inclusion, and belonging at the business school. The alumni leaders want the new dean to mount a concerted effort to increase the number of African American students in the school’s MBA program. There are currently 56 African Americans (6.2 percent) in the latest 900-member class.
The alumni association also wants the new dean to address the small numbers of African Americans in doctoral programs at the business school. Currently, there are less than 10 Black students in the eight doctoral programs at the business school. The alumni are also seeking increased Black enrollments in the business school’s executive education programs.
In addition, the alumni leaders are seeking a new dean who will actively recruit African Americans to teach at Harvard Business School. At the present time, only two of the 100 tenured faculty members are Black.