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August 6, 2004

LAVISTA PRAISES GOVERNOR, GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR FACULTY DIVERSITY LEGISLATION

SPRINGFIELD - Daniel J. LaVista, Executive Director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, expressed gratitude to Governor Rod R. Blagojevich and the General Assembly for legislation enacted Wednesday to promote diversity among college and university faculty.

"I wish to thank Governor Blagojevich, Senator Miguel del Valle, and Representative Kevin McCarthy and their colleagues in the General Assembly for this vital legislation to strengthen faculty diversity programs in Illinois.

"We in the higher education community congratulate the Governor for his vision in signing Senate Bill 3107 and Senator del Valle and Representative McCarthy for their leadership in shepherding this legislation to the Governor's desk.

"Senate Bill 3107 creates the Diversifying Faculty in Illinois Higher Education Program, which will be a valuable tool in preparing minority graduate students to join the faculty ranks at colleges and universities throughout the state. The Board of Higher Education and our higher education community remain committed to the goal of making diversity a living, dynamic force in college and university classrooms across Illinois."

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