At U.Va., an alumnus attacked diversity programs. Now he is on the Board.

Bert Ellis, with two degrees from the University of Virginia, is a loyal alumnus. He has donated more than $10 million to his alma mater, and even co-owns a campus hangout, the Spot.

But he thinks the university is headed in the wrong direction. He objects to its emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion programs — saying the university is already diverse.

Now Mr. Ellis, 69, is on the university’s board of trustees, appointed recently by Governor Youngkin.

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