In one of the largest demonstrations at the campus since the Vietnam War, several hundred students rallied to support Cordell Black, who oversees the Office of Equity and Diversity.
The university is replacing Black with a part-time administrator to cut costs. The school's state support has dropped by at least ten percent in the recession.
The University Provost says he hopes to allow student input on future cost-cutting measures. In the meantime, spokesperson Milree Williams says the school will continue to promote diversity.
Black is a tenured professor and will remain on the faculty. But he says he is "flabbergasted" at losing the job he has held for nearly 20 years.
Rebecca Sheir reports...