Search for new Vice President for Equity and Diversity

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The national search continues for a new vice president for equity and diversity at the University of Minnesota. The VP will be a member of the president's senior leadership group, a signal of how important equity and diversity issues are to this presidential administration and the entire university system.

Search Process Update

The vice president for equity and diversity position is critically important for the University of Minnesota, with diversity being one of the university's core values and among President Kaler's highest priorities. Aggressive recruiting efforts continued over the summer months in support of building a diverse and quality candidate pool. The search committee met recently to review the candidate pool and to select candidates for confidential interviews. Public interviews on campus are tentatively scheduled to take place in late October.

Associate vice president Kris Lockhart remains in the interim leadership role in the Office for Equity and Diversity, and continues to serve in the president's senior leadership group as the university's chief diversity officer.


About the Search

The vice president for equity and diversity will be responsible for implementing the university’s equity and diversity vision across the system; practicing shared leadership and governance to advance and support equity and diversity through education, research, outreach and service; working effectively and collaboratively across the University and with diverse Minnesota communities; and upholding diversity, inclusion, multiculturalism, and educational and employment equity as core values of the university. The ideal candidate will be a visionary leader who embraces and understands diversity broadly and who demonstrates a personal and professional commitment to leveraging the transformative power of equity and diversity throughout the institution and beyond. Learn more through the position description.

University of Minnesota - Duluth Chancellor Lendley (Lynn) Black and College of Education and Human Development Dean Jean Quam are co-chairing the search. Other members of the search committee provide broad representation from across the university and external communities:

Lauren Beach, student, Law School  
Irene Duranczyk, associate professor, Post-Secondary Teaching and Learning, College of Education and Human Development
John Finnegan, dean, School of Public Health
Rickey Hall, assistant vice president, Office for Equity and Diversity
Kim Hewitt, director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Glenn Hirsch, director, Counseling and Consulting Services, Office of Student Affairs
Erin Kelly, associate professor, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts
Peh Ng, professor, Division of Science & Math, UM-Morris
Susana Pelayo-Woodward, director, Office of Cultural Diversity, UM-Duluth
Catherine Squires, associate professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, College of Liberal Arts         
David Wilkins, professor, Department of American Indian Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Ken Charles, vice president of diversity and inclusion, General Mills
Kari Davis, director of diversity and inclusion, United Way

Search Firm Support

The search firm Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is supporting President Eric W. Kaler and Senior Vice President Robert Jones throughout the process.

Jan Greenwood or Betty Turner Asher

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. 

42 Business Center Drive, Suite 206

Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Phone: 850.650.2277, Fax: 850.650.2272

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If you have questions, or would like more information about the position or search process, please contact search committee co-chairs Lynn Black ( or Jean Quam (, or Kate Stuckert from the Office of Human Resources (

Additional Information

Learn more about the Office for Equity and Diversity and the University of Minnesota: