Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard says he's being deliberately provocative when he says the university in Bellingham will have failed if it's as white in the decades ahead as it is today.

He calls the lack of diversity on college campuses a national crisis.

KOMO reports Shepard uses the word "white" to provoke attention. He says most of the email and calls he receives on the issue support diversity but some critics use hate language and racial epithets.