Former Equity Officer Earl Ingram Dies

Posted: December 19, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Earl Ingram
Earl Ingram
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Earl Ingram, former vice president and university equity officer who retired in 2003 after serving 15 years at Mason, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

The following is an excerpt from a Mason Gazette article that was written in April 2003, shortly before his retirement, when an education symposium was held in his honor.

“Ingram was brought to George Mason by [former Mason President George] Johnson in 1988. Not unlike universities nationwide, Mason, a young university, was grappling with the effect on university life of lingering discriminatory policies and behavior in recruiting students, faculty and staff. Johnson had a powerful commitment to equity, Ingram recalls, and he wanted Ingram to move Mason quickly toward equitable policies for all university operations.

“Ingram had fought for equity and equality of opportunity in education since signing on as a teacher in the Jim Crow South in 1959. He brought 30 years of experience dealing with the resistance of administrators and institutions to implementation of the 1954 desegregation in education decision of Brown v. Board of Education. Ingram’s life’s work has been the pursuit of access, equity and affirmative action in education.”

More details on memorial arrangements will be announced in the Mason Gazette as they become available.

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