Monthly Archives: August 2007

Alumnus Withdraws From Corp. Citing Sherley, Racial Concerns

An African American alumnus and former MIT Corporation trustee withdrew from activities supporting MIT on July 2 in protest of the Institute’s handling of the tenure case of James L. Sherley. Sherley, an African American and former associate professor in the Biological Engineering Department, left MIT on June 30 after an unsuccessful hunger strike to have his tenure case re-examined.

Bernard Loyd ’83 said, “[I] felt that I could not support MIT when its actions in [the] Sherley situation didn’t measure up to standard.” Loyd, who resides in Chicago, has actively recruited African American students in the Chicago area to MIT. Loyd said he could not in good conscience tell young African Americans that MIT was the place for them following what he described as MIT’s bungling of the Sherley case.