By Craig Chamberlain William T. Trent has been appointed as a UI associate chancellor, with primary responsibility to advise the chancellor on issues and policy related to the diversity of the campus faculty, staff and student body. He also will be responsible for oversight of the campus Office of Affirmative Action. Trent has held the half-time post on an interim basis since August 1994, but was approved for the permanent position by the Board of Trustees last Thursday. He officially begins his new duties on Aug. 21. He will continue half-time as a professor of educational policy studies and of sociology. Trent earned a bachelor's degree from Union College, Barbourville, Ky., in 1966; a master's degree from George Washington University in 1974; and a doctorate from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1982. All three of his degrees are in sociology. Early in his career, Trent was the director of a program that supplied support services for minority students at George Washington University and then was the director of the Talent Search Project, which sought to identify and assist Washington, D.C., high school students interested in a postsecondary education. In the years prior to 1983, when he joined the UI faculty, he held research positions at the University of North Carolina, and Duke, Vanderbilt and Johns Hopkins universities.