President David Hodge has announced that the position of Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity and Associate Provost will be changed to Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity. The redefined position will be charged with advancing diversity objectives throughout the university through advocacy, coordination and education. The position will be located in the president's office and the associate vice president will report directly to the president.
Michael Stevenson, currently Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity and Associate Provost, will assume new responsibilities for academic affairs as Associate Provost and continue as professor of psychology.
"I want to express my great appreciation to Dr. Stevenson for his contributions as its first-ever chief diversity officer and, in particular, his work in analyzing institutional measures of diversity and student performance and his efforts to coordinate diversity initiatives across the campus," said Hodge.
The search for the Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity will begin immediately and will include broad university involvement, the president said, with the hope that the position can be filled by July 1.
Hodge also announced that the position of director of the office of equity and equal opportunity, held by Matt Boaz, will report directly to the president with daily operations coordinated through General Counsel Robin Parker. Hodge emphasized the importance of having a reporting structure and level of support to ensure that Miami will effectively meet, or exceed, all state and federal requirements in its recruitment and employment practices.