In recent years, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer (LGBTQ) community who are in positions of presidency at U.S. universities joined together to form LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Chuck Middleton, president of Roosevelt University in Illinois, is among 30 of the group's members.
The purpose of the organization is to advocate for the advancement of gays to leadership positions, according to the news provider. Despite the belief that universities are liberal establishments, many members of the LGBTQ community say that this is not true.
"I don't think that universities are internally as progressive as people externally might think," Middleton said, quoted by the media outlet. "Universities are pretty conservative."
He added that the emergence of LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education group was the result of a growing acceptance of gays in a variety of industries.
"You see it in debates about marriage, don't ask, don't tell being repealed, adding us to anti-hate crime legislation," he said. "It's all about inclusiveness."
Middleton is a co-chair for the group.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, chief administrative officers of universities can earn average salaries of $158,000 per year.
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