UK Rehires Civil Rights Activist Let Go Last June

Jan 25, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The University of Kentucky has rehired the founder of its first Black Student Union and Martin Luther King Cultural Center.

Chester Grundy, a veteran civil rights activist, was dismissed last June as part of a round of job cuts, an incident that sparked some controversy and protest at the university. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Grundy has returned to work at UK as a senior diversity advisor to Dean Fred DeBeer.

The hiring comes as UK continues to deal with questions about its minority record in the College of Medicine. In a statement, DeBeer said the college is making progress when it comes to diversity, but still has plenty of room for improvement.

Grundy will make $90,000 a year.