Florida Atlantic University is hiring a new president and is considering two people with political backgrounds for the position. As an openly gay FAU faculty member since 1987, I have seen the university slowly evolve into an institution of high quality that seeks to serve South Florida’s diverse communities.
However, it was only recently, by passing nondiscrimination policies and partner benefits, that the university acknowledged that the large lesbian and gay community was included among those it serves.
I hope that the new president, in contrast to practices of past FAU presidents, will openly acknowledge that the mission of the university is to serve South Florida regardless of residents’ race, religion, age, gender, ethnic origin and sexual orientation .
Fred Fejes, Fort Lauderdale