Texas Tech University

Search for Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Candidate Presentations

Bio photo of Karen L. Dace.

Karen L. Dace, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion / Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Tuesday, April 17 | 3-4 p.m. | Matador Room, 2nd Floor East

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Bio photo of Abdullah A. Shakeer.

Shakeer A. Abdullah, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for Equity and Diversity / University of Minnesota
Wednesday, April 18 | 2-3 p.m. | Escondido Theater, Northwest Basement

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Bio photo of Carol A. Sumner.

Carol A. Sumner, Ed.D., Sr. Associate Dean of Students / Arizona State University
Thursday, April 19 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Escondido Theater, Northwest Basement

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Bio photo of Elizabeth Ortiz.

Elizabeth Ortiz, Ed.D., Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity / DePaul University
Friday, April 20 | 3:15-4:15 p.m. | Escondido Theater, Northwest Basement

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Texas Tech University is searching for an experienced leader in diversity and inclusion for the position of Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. This role is highly visible and requires executive presence and strong planning, execution and collaborative skills as well as demonstrated experience in bringing about the institutional change that will create a more diverse curriculum, embrace an inclusive faculty, staff, and student population, and ensure a more equitable learning and work environment. Texas Tech University believes strongly that the commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion aligns directly with the three priorities of the updated strategic plan –

  1. Promote student success through inclusive access and transformative learning experiences;
  2. Produce innovative research and creative activities that enrich society and enhances quality of life and economic development;
  3. Transform lives and communities through strategic outreach and engaged scholarship.

For more information on the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/diversity/

For more information on Texas Tech University: https://www.ttu.edu/about/

For the full position description for the Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Click Here

Position Overview

The Vice President for Diversity, Equity & inclusion position is responsible for helping the president and the provost with the administration, management and planning of the university's policies, programs and services within the assigned area(s). The Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is responsible for developing and implementing programs/initiatives that promote a thriving diverse, multicultural, equitable, ethical, and inclusive campus where students succeed, knowledge is advanced, and global engagement is championed.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Required qualifications include a doctoral or terminal degree plus evidence of progressive administrative and management leadership experience in a similar area. Additional job-related education may substitute for required experience on a year-for-year basis. Preferred qualifications include experience in the field of diversity and inclusion; an academic, scholarly record in the applicant's respective field; experience in higher education with excellent analytical and reporting skills; excellent oral and written communications skills; and strong presentation skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with all levels of internal and external stakeholders. In addition, a demonstrated record of administrative experience in ethical and equitable fiscal and personnel management is required.


Vice President for Diversity Search Committee Members

  • Aliza Wong, Ph.D., Search Committee Chair; Associate Dean, Honors College; Associate Professor, History, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Renee Davis, Director of Sales & Marketing, 4ORE!
  • Catherine A. Duran, Ph.D., Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs
  • Judi Henry, Ed.D., Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director and Senior Women's Administrator, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Grace Hernandez, M.A., Chief of Staff and Associate Vice President for Administration, Office of the President
  • Atira Hinton, Undergraduate Student, Programs and Events Chair, Black Student Association
  • Wendy-Adele Humphrey, J.D., Professor of Law, Interim Associate Dean of Admissions and Associate Dean for Educational Effectiveness, School of Law
  • Dave Louis, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Educational Psychology and Leadership, College of Education
  • Jeff Mercer, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean, I. Wylie and Elizabeth Briscoe Chair in Finance; Director, Institute for Banking and Financial Studies; Faculty Director, School of Banking; Rawls College of Business Administration
  • Maria Sanabria, Undergraduate Student, President, Hispanic Student Society
  • Noel Sloan, J.D., Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Administration & Finance
  • Lydia Thompson, M.F.A., Director, School of Art, J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts
  • Fernando Valle, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Educational Psychology and Leadership, College of Education
  • Kent Wilkinson, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication, College of Media & Communication
  • James Williamson, M.Arch., Dean, College of Architecture
  • Nathaniel Wright, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences
Texas Tech University System and its components will not discriminate in its employment practices based on an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, status as a protected veteran, or any other legally protected category, class, or characteristic.

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