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MU names first chief officer for diversity, inclusion and equity

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Chuck Henson, the associate dean for academic affairs and trial practice in the MU School of Law, will take over the role effective immediately. Chuck Henson, the associate dean for academic affairs and trial practice in the MU School of Law, will take over the role effective immediately.
COLUMBIA, MO (KCTV) -

The University of Missouri has named their first chief officer for diversity, inclusion and equity.

Provost Garnett Stokes announced Tuesday that Chuck Henson will take over the interim vice chancellor role effective immediately.

"We’re pleased that professor Henson has agreed to serve in this very important and crucial role at our university," Stokes said. "We’re looking forward to working with him as we continue to make Mizzou an inclusive and welcoming community for everyone who teaches, works and studies here."

University leaders are trying to put a cap on the racial tensions that have inflamed the campus and toppled two university leaders. A day after Tim Wolfe stepped down as president and Bowen Loftin announced his resignation as chancellor, it was calmer on campus but tensions remain.

"There's freedom and at the same time there's hostility as well," said student Dennis Wachira. "I definitely feel this is a step in the right direction."

Henson, the associate dean for academic affairs and trial practice in the MU School of Law, has been with the university since 2009 and has served as an adjunct professor, visiting professor of law and trial practice professor of law.

He was an honoree at the 27th Annual Lloyd Gaines Scholarship Banquet and received the Graduate Professional Council’s 2014 Gold Chalk Award for excellence in teaching.

Henson was recognized for his outstanding contributions to student learning in 2015 by the Division of Student Affairs Excellence in Education Award.

His academic scholarship focuses on Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin. He also has taught continuing legal education courses focusing on employment discrimination.

Prior to joining MU, he served as an assistant attorney general and the assistant general counsel for human resources in the Missouri Attorney General’s office.

From 2004-2006, he was a vice president with Adelphia Communications, providing legal guidance and management for human resources issues with 15,000 employees in 23 states. He also has worked in private practice in Colorado.

He is a licensed lawyer in Missouri and Colorado (inactive) and is licensed to practice before a variety of federal district and circuit courts of appeals including the U.S. Tax Court; the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals; and the U.S. Supreme Court.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his law degree from Georgetown University.

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