We will comply with the consent decree because it is the legal thing to do. We will increase the participation of women, African Americans, Latinos and Hispanics in our graduate assistance programs because it is the right thing to do.
Our university sits in a most unique position because we have a long history of accepting and promoting diversity in our system. I don't want us to lose that mission, because that's our roots, our history.
Dr. Walker was recognized as one of the most accomplished and dedicated higher education professionals in this country. He was a caring and decent man who accomplished a great deal for Southern Illinois University through his positive outlook on life and his wonderful sense of humor.