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New Report Says White Men Dominate Ala. Boards

Montgomery, AL – A new report by the state Examiners of Public Accounts says white men fill 64 percent of the seats on state boards and commissions.

Women fill slightly less than one-fourth of the seats, while blacks hold about 15 percent.

Those numbers have been relatively unchanged since Bob Riley became governor in 2003.

A spokesman for the governor says Riley seeks racial diversity, but not many minorities apply for appointments to boards and commissions.

The percentage breakdown for the gender and racial makeup of Alabama boards and commissions for 2009:
White male 64.3
White female 18.9
Black male 9.6
Black female 5.1
Unknown 1.3
Other 0.8

Note: The unknowns are newly appointed or have not yet attended a board meeting.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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