Kim R. Bobby served as the director of the Inclusive Excellence Group (IEG) at the American Council on Education (ACE), from 2012 to 2017. The goals of IEG included advancing women and people of color into senior leadership roles in higher education and ultimately the college presidency. Signature programs included the ACE Women's Regional and National Leadership Forums for mid-career and senior-level women respectively, both provide career enhancement opportunities uniquely designed for women leaders; the Spectrum Aspiring Leaders Program and the Spectrum Executive Leadership Program, respectively attract men and women of color at the mid-level and senior-level who desire to lead in an increasingly diverse higher education landscape.
Dr. Bobby also provided leadership and oversight for the ACE Women's Network, a consortium of 57 higher education institutions across the United States devoted to advancing women leaders, and the Moving the Needle: Advancing Women Leaders Initiative a national multi-association, multi-organizational collaboration aimed at increasing the number of women in senior leadership positions in higher education through programs, research, and partnerships. The IEG programs extended into the college campus by working to advance new analytical frameworks to foster collaboration between internationalization efforts and diversity and multicultural education. She also led in the development of national convenings of higher education leaders to address urgent issues facing higher education across all sectors.
Before joining ACE, Dr. Bobby was chief diversity officer and associate professor in the School of Education at the University of Puget Sound (WA). As the inaugural chief diversity officer for Puget sound, she held the primary responsibility for coordinating and implementing the university's strategic plan for diversity and directing early college access and achievement programs. Some signature initiatives included establishing a diversity Advisory Council, Moment-Us: Exploring and Embracing Our Diversity, the Spectrum Cultural Exploration Series, town hall meetings and Valuing Wholeness Achieved Through Difference, an appreciative inquiry. Dr. Bobby, in collaboration with faculty colleagues, launched the Faculty Diversity Narratives: Classroom Moments of Unanticipated Student Spotlighting series, the Allies Project and established the Puget Sound Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report.
During Dr. Bobby's career, she has served in higher education and K-12 leadership roles prompting access and equity in education. This includes serving as special assistant to the chancellor of the New York City public school system to research, advise, and provide support for initiatives aimed toward systemic educational reform for the New York City Public Schools. She has also served as a consultant to the College Board, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the College Success Foundation focusing on leadership development, college access, and organizational effectiveness. Her experience as a higher education and K12 researchers and practitioner spans more than 15 years, and includes strategic planning, governance and accountability, academic and co-curricular initiatives, accreditation, applied research, economic and workforce development, student retention, graduation and change management.
Dr. Bobby, has written and spoken on leadership development, creating an inclusive campus climate, appreciative inquiry, and creating effective leadership programs as a pipeline to achieving diverse campus leadership teams.
Born in Los Angeles, California, Bobby received her doctorate in educational administration and policy studies from the University of Washington in Seattle; her master's in education administration from California State University, Sacramento and her BA in business administration management from California State University, Fresno.