The Southern Poverty Law Center has new leadership. Former juvenile court judge Karen Baynes-Dunning has been named as the group’s interim president and chief executive officer. She has served on the SPLC board of directors since 2017. Baynes-Dunning now becomes the organization’s first African-American woman president. The SPLC statement says there will now be a nationwide search for a permanent leader.
This announcement follows the firing of SPLC founder Morris Dees and t
he resignation of previous president Richard Cohen in recent weeks. Though no specific reason was given for the departures the SPLC says it's bringing in an outside group to review its workplace practices.