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Central Michigan University - Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer

Mount Pleasant, MI

Job Description

Central Michigan University (CMU) seeks nominations and applications for a Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) to lead the institutional efforts to create opportunities and implement strategies to define, promote and evaluate institutional diversity, inclusion and cultural competency. This is an inaugural position that will report to the President and is a member of the executive cabinet. The CDO will serve as the senior administrator responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive strategic plan for furthering diversity across the campus and by leading efforts to create a diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment for all students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners.

This is an exciting and challenging opportunity for a dynamic leader to coordinate CMU’s school-based and campus-wide diversity, inclusion and cultural competency initiatives through strategic planning, training, education and research, community relations, policy development and communications.  The CDO will collaborate with institutional leadership, academic deans, department heads and the many individuals and groups who are already involved with diversity and inclusion issues and programs on campus, to facilitate an integrated vision and shared accountability for diversity and cultural competency across CMU.

Central Michigan University is a higher education success story and an institution very much on the move. The fourth-largest university in the state, CMU is a model of sound fiscal management and adherence to its core mission and historical values. Founded in 1892 as a normal school, CMU has evolved into a major comprehensive university with more than 27,000 students; a robust Global Campus with more than 30 remote locations and an expanding selection of online courses and programs offering more than 200 academic programs at the undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels; and nearly 225,000 alumni worldwide. In 2013 CMU launched America’s 137th medical school and graduated its first class in June 2017. CMU is among the nation’s 80 largest public universities. 

CMU seeks candidates whose education, perspectives and experience enable them to: promote a culture of equity and inclusion at CMU; develop and implement policies in support of equal opportunity and full participation; and support the University’s programs to diversify the faculty, staff and students. The ideal candidate will be a nationally recognized diversity and inclusion leader with substantial administrative and program-building experience.  Requirements include demonstrated prior leadership in developing diversity and inclusion initiatives and programs within a complex organization; proven success in building external relations, communications and grant writing; and a distinguished record of thought leadership in the area of diversity and inclusion.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by January 29, 2018. Candidates should provide a resume or curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile, as well as the names and contact information of five references. These materials should be sent via e-mail to the Search Committee’s consultants Jennifer Bauer and Oliver Tomlin at     

CMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity within its community. CMU does not discriminate in employment against persons based on age, color, disability, gender, gender identity/gender expression, genetic information, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or weight (see


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