Sites for the searches for WWU's new Provost and Chief Diversity Officer now live

Web pages for the national searches for two key WWU administrative positions, the Provost and the Chief Diversity Officer, are now live on on the President's site.

Provost and Executive Vice President

Brent Carbajal, who has served in this leadership role for the past nine years, has announced his retirement effective Summer 2022. The Provost is a critical leadership position for the University, providing oversight for the entire academic enterprise and serves as the second ranking institution leader conducting the duties of the office of the President when the President is unable or unavailable.

The Provost is the Chief Academic Officer of the University, providing primary administrative leadership, direction, and evaluation for all academic activities and faculty affairs of the University. The Provost has leadership and oversight responsibilities over a broad and complex portfolio of activities that are central to the educational, scholarly and research mission of the University.

Joyce Lopes, Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs, and Brian Burton, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, will co-chair the search committee, which has been established to lead the search process. Consultants from the executive search firm WittKieffer will assist the committee in this process. The website with information about the search as well as the members of the search committee can be found here.

Chief Diversity Officer and Executive Director of the Office of Equity 

The CDO/ED will oversee the newly created Office of Equity, which brings together two complementary functions, a compliance function and a community education and development function. The CDO/ED will provide broad oversight to the policies and initiatives to promote a learning and work environment where accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI) are valued and integrated in institutional planning and operations.

The CDO/ED reports directly to the President of the University. A member of the President’s Cabinet, the CDO/ED will work in close collaboration with other leaders and partners to develop and implement an action plan that leverages current efforts, sets stretch goals and targets, measures progress and evaluates impact, and establishes an accountability framework that makes ADEI a shared responsibility.

The CDO/ED will serve as partner, providing counsel to executive and academic leadership and support to committees and groups engaged in advancing ADEI work. The CDO/ED will serve as the University’s voice on ADEI matters, bringing together broad-based coalitions and alliances to enrich efforts across the university, including dissemination of best practices. The CDO/ED will also serve as an ambassador and partner with the external community, including Washington’s State’s Office of Equity.

Provost Brent Carbajal will chair the search committee, which has been established to lead the search process. The committee will be assisted in its work by consultants from the executive search firm Spelman Johnson.

The website with information about the search as well as the members of the search committee can be found here.

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