President announces search for chief diversity officer

Committee nominations being accepted

September 26, 2017

President George E. Ross today announced he will launch a national search for a chief diversity officer, who will report to him and be a part of his cabinet.

This follows the recommendation of the Equity and Inclusion Task Force, which worked last semester and during the summer to review a number of studies regarding related matters on campus, identify needs and prepare a report. The task force was co-chaired by Shaun Holtgreive, executive director of student affairs, and René Shingles, chair of the School of Rehabilitation and Medical Sciences.

A chief diversity officer is a change from CMU's current structure, which has an associate vice president for institutional diversity, reporting to the provost.

Ross will take nominations of search committee members from the campus community during the next week and then determine the committee makeup. A national search firm will support the committee's efforts.

"Inclusiveness is one of our core values at Central Michigan University, and this search is immensely important for our entire campus," Ross said. "I applaud the task force for identifying this recommendation first among its priorities."

Positions currently on the cabinet are:

  • Executive vice president and provost.
  • Vice president of finance and administrative services.
  • Vice president of enrollment and student services.
  • Vice president of advancement.
  • Vice president of government and external relations.
  • Vice president and general counsel.
  • Associate vice president of university communications.
  • Executive assistant to the president.

Ross and the cabinet are reviewing other recommendations made by the task force and shared with the Board of Trustees last week.