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University Launches Search for Associate Vice President, Chief Equal Opportunity Officer and Title IX Coordinator
The search process for the University’s associate vice president, chief equal opportunity officer and Title IX coordinator is now underway. A strategic partner with University leadership, the associate vice president, chief equal opportunity officer and Title IX coordinator will develop strategies to further foster a culture of inclusion and a safe and supportive learning and living environment for all University students, faculty and staff.
Reporting to Andrew Gordon, senior vice president and chief human resource officer, the associate vice president will lead the Equal Opportunity and Inclusion Resolution Office and be responsible for aligning all its functions, including training and investigation of equal opportunity claims, affirmative action planning, and disability rights guidance and investigations.
“This important leadership role will play a critical role in promoting the core values of the University,” says Gordon. “This position will champion the University’s collective goals as reflected in the Academic Strategic Plan to sustain and create a richly diverse and inclusive campus that will support our students and the entire University community.”
The associate vice president will also provide the University community with direction and counsel on establishing processes and procedures in areas of equal opportunity and matters under Title IX of the United States Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) and related state and local laws. As Title IX coordinator, the individual will ensure that the University is establishing best practices for compliance with federal, state and local laws concerning the prevention and investigation of sexual assaults at the University.
The search committee is co-chaired by Dawn Johnson, associate professor and chair of the Department of Higher Education, School of Education, and Jake Tanksley, senior human resource business partner, Office of Human Resources.
The search committee, comprised of students, faculty and staff, includes:
- Sanjay Chhablani, Laura J. & L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence; professor, College of Law; professor, Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute, College of Arts and Sciences
- Katelyn Cowen, director, Office of Health Promotions
- Angie Pati ’18, College of Arts and Sciences
- Abby Perer, associate general counsel, Office of University Counsel
- Elizabeth Sedore ’18, College of Arts and Sciences
The committee, which is being supported in its efforts by members of the Office of Human Resources, is expected to provide finalist recommendations after completing the interview process.