Kauline Cipriani Named Vice President for Inclusive Excellence at Colorado State University

Kauline Cipriani, PhD, has joined Colorado State University as the new Vice President for Inclusive Excellence.

Cipriani’s most recent position, as associate dean for inclusive excellence at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, is the culmination of a decision she made nearly 20 years ago to accept the position of assistant to the provost at Purdue. In it, she coordinated and launched the university’s first strategic plan for diversity and inclusion, and subsequently served in successive leadership positions focused on diversity, equity and inclusion.

“Part of my joy in doing this comes from seeing the impact,” she said. “I’m very aware of what’s at stake when I do my work, and sometimes it can get overwhelming. But when I get a text or email from someone who has experienced the positive effect of working with a leader who wants to do this better and get it right — a chair or dean who becomes a diversity and inclusion champion — that reminds me you’re affecting an entire school, an entire college, an entire campus. And that reconfirms that this is where I’m supposed to be and what I’m supposed to be doing. So I’m joining Colorado State with joy and with anticipation and excitement for the future.”

“We are just thrilled to welcome Kauline to the leadership team of Colorado State University,” said President Joyce McConnell. “She is taking on this critical role with a track record of success wherever she’s been, and will be able to build on the excellent work done by her predecessor, Mary Ontiveros. We look forward to the experience, expertise and vision Kauline brings to CSU, along with the passion, energy, and warmth she’s shown as we’ve gotten to know her.”

WittKieffer’s Charlene Aguilar, Christine Pendleton and Bree Liddell led this search.

Read the announcement.