Black executives stuck on levels of little control By D01X)RES BARCLAY Associated Press Few of the blacks put into executive positions by the thousands in the last decade have jobs with real responsibilities and policy-making p o w e r s , race r e l a t i o n s analysts and black businessmen say. These black men and women, recruited and hired after the 19W Civil Rights Act barred racial discrimination in employment, often hold titles that give them little control over corporate lending, investment, long-range planning or policy changes. . Â· A handful have moved up the corporate ladder over the past decade into decision-making areas and are now' waiting to go even higher. But they say they are nol optimistic that many board memberships or corporate presidencies will come their way. "There is still discrimination in the corporate hierarchy, and a reservation about the ability of blacks to move into policy-making positions, despite 15 years of proven performances," said George N. Lumsby, a corporate manager of Philip Morris, Inc. "Also, there's an unfortunate residue of seasoned blacks who have been in the corporate marketplace for 10 years, moving sideways, but not up." Â·THE QUESTION NOW is, what arc companies going to do? They can't say they don't have the talent," said Gilroye A. Griffin, vice president of CBS, Inc. "The Mack sitting by the door once sufficed. But now he has to sit on the other side of the door." Frank Savage, vice president and investment officer with Equitable Life Assurance Society, said corpora- lions are now at a crossroads. They have to make decisions about promoting their black executives. "What are they going to do when the opportunity comes along?" he said. "If they don't move, then the IJack executive will leave, Use corporation will lose a good executive it's invested in and the executive will be frustrated." .Savage, Griffin and Lumsby were ainong dozens of black men and women executives interviewed who discussed what they described as a slowdown in (he progress of blacks in the executive ranks of business. They say there are too many "window dressing" jobs which have no real corporate power. "I WAS RECRUITED from business school by one corporation to become the head of a new department for minority employe relations," said one black executive who asked nol to be identified. "The only other member of my department was my secretary. '.!- "I had studied international finance, which is the area I now work in. But it was no match for the education I had, being underutilized by one of the Fortune 500." He said the only minorities in the company were file clerks and mail room personnel, whose complaints were the same as their white counterparts. Â· - "So why make me the head of a nonessential department? I can't answer you. 11 certainly wasn't good business sense," he said. Â· , Thousands of other black men and women were ; brought into firms over the past 10 years as "officers of 1 community and urban affairs," "minority relations and recruitment" and other such jobs which had little actual power. Â· ;Â·;. "I TjnNK THIS is beginning to break down some- ivhijt," said Robert Weaver, professor of urban affairs, , Ilunjer College. "Upward mobility is hindered if one is socialized in a field that doesn't lead anywhere." | ' --Wpavor, former secretary of the U.S. Department '-. of Housing and Urban Development, is a board member of Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., the Bowery Savings I lihrijt and New York's Municipal Assistance Corp. He is one of only about 50 or GO blacks in the nation who sit on boards of directors. ! Â· The Metropolitan Applied Research Center conducted a study of about 1,000 firms and organizations in New ; Yjibk with over 200 employes for the period 1965-1971. The center found that blacks held less than I per cent of tl(e board and executive positions. The Country Parson W QrSe fa^ | ast year u.n,B.IC*. c.m..riÂ»fi..MÂ«di u.mi INDEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-TELEGRAMfM)-A.|7 Job market again gloomy for grads "A follow with no convcrciKc to Kukle him should live Among snoopy neighbors." Advertisers who w a n t q u i c k results use Classified Ads regularly! HE 25959 By JOHN STOWKLL WASHINGTON (API This year's crop of college graduates is finding job prospects even gloomier than the class of '75 did, the C o l l e g e Placement Council said Wednesday. Reports f r o m 159 colleges and universities, compared w i t h M a r c h l!)75, show that job offers are down 16 per cent for bachelor's degree c a n d i dates, 25 per cent for master's candidates and 32 per cent for doctoral students. "Although still on the negative side," the organization said, "these figures are a m a r k e d improvement over the picture in January when bachelor's volume was down 37 per cent, master's 33 per cent and doctoral 51 per cent." The council, based at Bethlehem, P a . , speculated that companies may be making job offers later t h i s y e a r than in past years. "There arc reports from the field that (he number of interviews is holding up b u t Dial employers arc delaying decisions on jub offers. So. it is still too e a r l y to d r a w c o n c l u - sions," a spokesman said. Job prospects are grimmest for humanities and social sciences students, down 20 per cent in volume at the bachelor's l e v e l , f o l l o w e d by decreases of 23 per cent in eiiRtnecruifi, 12 per cent in the sciences and -I per cent in business fields. About the same number or slightly more jobs arc licing offered Ihis spring by p u b l i c a c c o u n t i n g . hanking, f i n a n c e , i n s u r - ance, merchandising and service firms, the survey found. A i m i n g manufacturing and industrial firms, more offers arc being made by automotive, electrical machinery, research-consulting organizations, and lire and rubber firms. Chemical and d r u g company o f f e r s ;ire r u n n i n g al about the samo level as last year. Engineering ami business offers accounted for about X!) IK 1 : 1 rent of Hi' lulal, the council said. 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