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Search for chief diversity officer underway

Advisory committee appointed

The University of Delaware is actively pursuing a national search to identify a dynamic individual to serve as its chief diversity officer. Fatimah Conley has been serving as interim chief diversity officer since October 2020.

The chief diversity officer will lead the University community’s efforts to strengthen its environment of inclusive excellence. Reporting directly to UD’s president -- and working closely with the provost, the executive vice president and other senior leaders -- the chief diversity officer will provide strategic leadership, oversight and vision in the administration of a range of services, programs, policies and procedures for faculty, staff and students related to advancing UD’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). This individual also will develop and administer ongoing DEI committees.

Co-chairing the search advisory committee for this position are Laure Ergin, vice president and general counsel, and Levi Thompson, dean of the College of Engineering and Elizabeth Inez Kelley Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Serving on the advisory committee are

  • Glenn Carter, vice president for communications and marketing;
  • Monica Coleman, professor of Africana studies;
  • Stephanie Del Tufo, assistant professor in the School of Education;
  • John Ernest, chairperson of the Department of English and Judge Hugh M. Morris Professor of English;
  • Meghan McInnis-Dominguez, associate professor of languages, literatures and cultures;
  • Rodney Morrison, vice president for enrollment management;
  • José-Luis Riera, vice president for student life;
  • Christine Schultz, associate director of the Honors College;
  • Sowmya Shankar, applications programmer III, Information Technologies – Enterprise Systems and Cloud Services;
  • Daniel Smith, associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and associate professor in the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration; and
  • Latoya Watson, assistant dean, Associate in Arts Program.

Assisting the University in this search is Korn Ferry, an award-winning global organizational consulting firm.

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