Protest Against Hiring Decisions of the College of Education

About 40 protestors marched from the Islamic Culture Center downtown Columbia to Hill Hall on Mizzou’s campus in protest of the possible hiring of Larry James, a military psychologist.
James is one of two candidates considered for the position of executive director of MU’s College of Education. James currently is the dean at the School of Psychology at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
James was the director of the Behavioral Science Consultation Team at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay in 2003 and again from 2007-2008. He also led the same team at a prison in Abu Ghraib, Iraq in 2004.
In 2010, the Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic filed a misconduct and ethics complaint against James with the Ohio Board of Psychology. The board dismissed the complaint without comment.
Mid-Missouri Fellowship of Reconciliation coordinator, Jeff Stack, said he, along with some members of the community are concerned and frustrated that the University is considering James as a suitable candidate.
During the protest outside Hill Hall, the dean at the College of Education, Daniel Clay, made it clear to protesters that the search committee knew of the allegations against James and their questions, comments and concerns will be taken very seriously and into consideration.
The protest then moved inside of Jesse Hall where a petition received about 70 signatures. The petition was then given to Ann McGruder, assistant to the chancellor, representing Chancellor Brady Deaton.
James will be on campus next Tuesday for his interview, as well as an open forum where members of the faculty, student body, and community can express their concerns.
Clay said a decision will be announced in early March.

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