History and geography professor George F. Botjer, 73, is white, and he is committed to racial justice. These two factors shaped the professor's career in a personal way at the University of Tampa.
He has taught at UT since 1962, longer than any other professor. He earned tenure during the 1965-66 school year and was promoted to full professor in 1974. He loves his work and Tampa U, as he refers to it.
Once I learned all this, I wondered why Botjer contacted me to disclose something few people outside the university are aware of, something few on campus ever speak of: Since its founding in 1931, UT has never had a tenured professor who is an American-born black (African-American).