Dear Colleagues,

As you know, we have been conducting a national search for candidates to serve as our Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. We are searching for a dynamic and experienced individual to develop, lead and champion a comprehensive and actionable campus diversity strategy. I am excited to announce that we have identified four finalists and invited them to make public presentations to our community. The dates, times and locations of the presentations are below. The name and current role of the fourth candidate will be shared in the coming days.

Campus community members can offer feedback on each candidate online. Comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on May 3, 2019.

Sherri Charleston is Assistant Vice Provost & Affirmative Action Officer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Presentation: Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 210 Levis Faculty Center, 4:00 p.m.

Online feedback link:

Christopher Jones, Jr. is Assistant Vice President and Director of Equity at Case Western Reserve University.

Presentation: Thursday, April 11, 2019, 404 Illini Union, 4:00 p.m.

Online feedback link:

Leticia Smith-Evans Haynes is Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity at Williams College.

Presentation: Monday, April 29, 2019, 314A Illini Union, 4:00 p.m.

Online feedback link:

Candidate 4: Name to be announced at a later date.

Presentation: Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 404 Illini Union, 4:00 p.m.

All four of the presentations will also be streamed live for members of the campus community who cannot be there in person. The streaming link for all presentations will be A valid campus netid and password will be required to access the stream.

I want to thank the search committee, co-chaired by College of Education Dean James Anderson and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Danita Brown Young, for its careful work in cultivating an excellent pool of applicants and identifying four outstanding finalists. I look forward to welcoming each of them to campus.


Robert J. Jones

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