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Search committee announced for next chief diversity officer


Former Chief Diversity Officer A.T. Miller speaks at the Office of Diversity Education's Conversations that Matter event on Oct. 22, 2018 in the Bovee University Center Rotunda.

The formal search for a new chief diversity officer will carry into the Spring 2021 semester according to a Dec. 8 University Communications press release. 

The selected candidate will replace Interim Diversity Officer Stan Shingles. The last full-time administrator was A.T. Miller who stepped down from the position in August.

The committee will be co-chaired by Shingles and Senior Vice Provost Julia Johnson. The committee is also composed of faculty, staff, students and Mount Pleasant residents.

The other 13 committee members are:

  • Miracle Berry, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force and Student Government Association member.
  • Ahsha Davis, graduate student.
  • Jennifer DeHaemers, vice president, student recruitment and retention.
  • Laura Gonzales, Mount Pleasant resident.
  • Eltaro Hooper, civil rights and Title IX investigator, Office of Civil Rights and Institutional Equity.
  • Anne Hornak, faculty, educational leadership.
  • Melanie Dawn Nelson, faculty, communication sciences and disorders.
  • Brett Houle, former vice president, Student Government Association.
  • Alejandra Rengifo, faculty, world languages and cultures.
  • Erik Rodriguez, public relations manager, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe.
  • Alan Rudy, faculty, sociology, anthropology and social work.
  • Alejandro Salais, undergraduate student.
  • James Span Jr., director, Multicultural Academic Student Services.

Search firm DHR International will assist in the nationwide search. Most recently, the university enlisted DHR to hire Athletic Director Amy Folan and VP of Financial and Administrative Services Nick Long.

The chief diversity officer works to build a more inclusive environment on and off-campus. They oversee the Office for Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. They also coordinate research efforts and diversity resources.