The Center for Ethnic Affairs was established at North Texas State University in 1973. The idea to establish this department was brought to the Board of Regents for a vote, and the vote was split. Members of the Board in favor of the department suggested that those who were against it did not understand the spirit of the program. Some of those who were against estabilshing the Center thought that it would only further separate segments of the student body. Because the vote was split, the deciding vote was cast by the Chairman of the Board of Regents, A.M. Willis Jr.