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Christine Taylor new associate VP for institutional diversity

12/17/2007

Christine Taylor
G. Christine Taylor, currently assistant to the president for diversity/director of diversity and access, scholarship and retention programs at Ohio University, will begin a new role as associate vice president for institutional diversity at Miami University March 1, 2008.

Taylor was one of three candidates to interview on campus this fall following a national search.

At Ohio University, Taylor led enrollment management initiatives for multicultural students in 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 that yielded a 58 percent increase in the class; led the design and implementation of an Appalachian Scholars program and Urban Scholars program, both need-based programs. She has managed initiatives on campus for peer-to-peer mentoring and led faculty-to-student mentoring, and initiatives for partnerships with K-12, community organizations and alumni.

She was director of the university's Synergy Team, a 38-member university-wide enrollment management initiative convened in response to concerns of the university board of trustees regarding multicultural student recruitment and retention. She also directed a team that performed internal and external assessments of the school's multicultural recruitment and retention efforts. Two of the outgrowths of that project were the Templeton Scholars Program and King-Chavez Parks Multicultural Scholars Program.

Previously, Taylor was director of multicultural programs, which included developing support programs for specialized student groups and creating partnerships with academic areas to enhance classroom learning through cultural programming. Taylor also served as associate vice president for finance and administration/director of university professional development at OU. In these positions, she tripled training and development opportunities.

"We are delighted to have a person with Chris' vision, energy and record of success join the Miami community. Her enthusiasm and skill will have a dramatic impact on the texture of Miami, bringing together the campus around our collective commitment to difference and diversity," said Miami President David Hodge.

Taylor has served as a member of numerous committees at Ohio University including the First Year Experience Committee, the enrollment management committee, and Mind, Body, Soul Annual Conference Planning Committee, of which she is a founding member.

She has professional radio experience, having hosted a national call-in talk show, and has been keynote speaker for conferences on enrollment management and human resources regarding diversity management.

Taylor earned a doctorate in mass communication from Ohio University in 1997 and a master's in telecommunications management from Ohio U. in 1989. In 1979, she received a bachelor's degree from Middle Tennessee State University.

In addition to her degrees, Taylor completed the Harvard University Management Development Program, the Covey Leadership Training, Langevin Training, Zenger Miller Training and the Poynter Media Management & Entrepreneurial Program Fellow.

During 2002-2003, Taylor was an American Council for Education (ACE) Fellow at Georgia State University. The ACE Fellows Program is the premiere leadership-training program in higher education. Through the program, Taylor examined diversity issues from a national perspective, speaking with more than 20 university presidents to gain insights on implementing effective diversity strategies on their campuses.

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