Ohio University Names Interim LGBT Center Director

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Editor’s Note: delfin bautista uses the pronoun they/their and does not capitalize their name.

ATHENS — Ohio University has named Tyrone Carr as interim director of the LGBT Center, just shy of a week after removing delfin baustista as director.

Tyrone Carr - Executive Director Interlink Alliance and Special Ass't to the VP of Diversity & Inclusion
Tyrone Carr – current interim director of Ohio U’s LGBT Center

“I have dedicated my life’s work to promoting a positive culture that celebrates difference, challenges prejudice and ensures fairness,” Carr said in news release. “In this new capacity, and as a longtime ally of the LGBT community, I will continue to advance programming that ensures every member of our community is treated with equality and respect.”

Carr, who has been with the university since 1991, has served in a number of roles, most recently in dual roles, as executive director of the Interlink Alliance and as special assistant for vice president of Diversity and Inclusion, according to the release.

“In selecting an interim director, it was essential that a very deliberative decision be made to appoint someone who can provide a strong support system for students in our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities,” said Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion Dr. Gigi Secuban. “Having worked with Ty closely in his role as Special Assistant, I am confident in his leadership talents and his commitment to this very important community. I want to thank him for serving in this critical role as we advance our national search for the Center’s permanent director.”

Last Thursday WOUB News first reported bautista was informed their contract would not be renewed at the end of the fiscal year and placed paid administrative leave for the remainder of the current contract.

The removal of bautista has sparked an outcry among some students and community members. Protesters gathered in front of Cutler Hall the day after news of bautista’s removal became public.