McGuire out as new LU curator

He was a Lincoln University curator long enough to help hire Kevin Rome as LU’s next president, but John McGuire won’t be a board member when it holds its next public meeting, and celebrates LU’s Founder’s Day, next Thursday.

Gov. Jay Nixon’s office didn’t confirm it Wednesday, but the state Senate’s Gubernatorial Appointments Committee was told Wednesday morning that Nixon will withdraw McGuire’s nomination to the post, after opposition surfaced among alumni and the Legislature’s Black Caucus.

“Lincoln has a strong history that African-Americans want to uphold,” Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis and a committee member, told the News Tribune Wednesday morning, “and to put someone on who has no connection to Lincoln whatsoever, no relation to Lincoln (and) no sentimental value to Lincoln ... threw up a red flag.”

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