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OU hires former senator to oversee diversity programs

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) —The University of Oklahoma has hired a former state legislator for a newly created vice president position to oversee diversity programs at the university, including admissions.

OU President David Boren announced on Tuesday the hiring of former state Sen. Jabar Shumate of Tulsa. Shumate resigned from the state Senate before the start of the current legislative session, and his Senate seat remains vacant.

Boren announced the creation of the new position in the wake of a video that surfaced showing members of an OU fraternity engaging in a racist chant that referenced lynching and used a racial slur to say that black students would never become members.

Because of a prohibition on former legislators taking state-funded jobs, Boren says Shumate will be paid with "non-appropriated private funds."