Peter Johnson is vice president at a large public university. As part of his duties, he supervises fifteen managers. Fourteen of these managers are men. Only one of the managers is a black male, and one is a white female.
Johnson is replacing one of the white male managers. The position has been posted both in-house as well as externally in accordance with the institution's hiring policies. After reviewing all of the applications, Johnson believes that Steve Reed, employed with the university for the past twelve years, is the best qualified applicant. However, in the pool of applicants, there are three qualified females and two qualified black males.
What would you advise Peter Johnson to do?