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Attorney Wendy J. Thompson of TBR to Speak at Motlow in McMinnville

February 7, 2012
Wendy Thompson

February is Black History Month and the national theme for 2012 is "Black Women in American Culture and History." In keeping with the theme, Dr. Wendy Thompson, vice chancellor for Access and Diversity for the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) will be the guest lecturer at Motlow College McMinnville Center, Feb. 15, at 11 a.m.

Dr. Thompson's career in higher education law has allowed her the opportunity to help carry the torch of influential black women in America and to influence future generations of black men and women. Notably, Thompson assisted in TBR's implementation of the Geier Consent Decree. The landmark decision was a court-ordered agreement to increase racial diversity at Tennessee colleges and universities. Rita Sanders Geier, a graduate of Fisk University and faculty member of Tennessee State University, was the plaintiff in the 1968 case of Geier v. University of Tennessee, which continued for nearly 40 years.

After receiving her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Cincinnati - College of Law, Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Thompson was admitted to practice law in Fla. and Tenn. She is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

Dr. Thompson began her career in higher education law at the University of South Florida where she served as the principal legal officer in the area of labor, faculty relations, employment and civil rights. Prior to joining the TBR staff, she served as University Counsel and Assistant to the President at Middle Tennessee State University.

She serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education and has consulted on countless issues and policies on topics including sexual harassment, campus investigations, and diversity, both in the U.S. and abroad.

The public is invited and there is no admission charge to hear Dr. Thompson speak at Motlow College McMinnville Center.