A Wharton Chair in Honor of Whitney Young, Jr.

With its announcement of the establishment of the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Professorship, the Wharton School this year became the first leading business school in the nation to name a faculty position in honor of an African American.

The chair is named in honor of the civil rights leader who directed the National Urban League from 1961 until his death in 1971, said Dean Thomas Gerrity in announcing the new chair. Whitney Young is widely credited with making the League a "dynamic organization" that created thousands of jobs for African Americans, and raised millions of dollars from both the public and private sectors for training and special projects geared toward improving economic conditions for the poor.

The Young Professorship will be used to help attract outstanding scholars to the Wharton School who are committed to promoting the extension of educational and economic opportunity to all citizens, according to the School's announcement. "This chair will allow us to recruit a scholar who will be a catalyst for broader discussion of issues, a stronger sense of the richness of diversity and the importance of ensuring that all members of society can fully participate in the economic development of our country," the Dean added. "We hope that our peer schools will take notice and follow our lead, recognizing the role they can play in providing more opportunities and greater support for talented African American students."

-- From a Wharton Public Affairs News Release


April 2, 1996
Volume 42 Number 26

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