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Chief Diversity Officer Role Grows, Transforms in Higher Education

Friday, August 12, 2011
Lucy Leske, Witt/Kieffer vice president and education practice co-leader, discusses changes in the chief diversity role in a recent Inside Higher Ed article. While some diversity positions are eliminated due to budget cuts she explains, others can perceive the role as having too much power.  
According to a recent Witt/Kieffer survey of chief diversity officers in colleges and universities, the role is being elevated to the senior level, with more than half (54 percent) reporting they are a member of their institution’s senior leadership team. Survey results also show that half of chief diversity officers at colleges plan to leave their positions within three years. Such turnover could lead to significant changes in the position at some institutions.

Forty-three (43) percent of survey respondents are the first to hold the CDO title at their respective institutions. Titles also vary widely among chief diversity officers – some are vice presidents or vice provosts, while others hold director titles.

Read the full article here. The full report can be found here, and for more information, please contact Lucy Leske, vice president and education practice co-leader, at 508-680-1268 or Oliver Tomlin, vice president, at 215-568-2160.


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