Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion

Position Overview

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Northern Michigan University seeks an outstanding leader to serve as its next Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion.

With new NMU President Dr. Brock Tessman on board, the search for the Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion is a priority for building out the university’s leadership team. The new AVP will join NMU at an exciting time. Northern Michigan University is located on the ancestral homelands of the Anishinaabe, Three Fires Confederacy, an honored alliance of the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Bodewadmik (Potowatomi) peoples.

This is a critical position at an important juncture for NMU. The AVP/D&I will be the university’s lead diversity officer, reporting to the Vice President of People, Culture, and WellBeing, as well as serving on the President’s Executive Council. They will work in concert with others in this division to make NMU an even more diverse, supportive place to learn and work.  
NMU features a strong faculty recognized for teaching and research excellence, as well as many new, modernized facilities, solid enrollment, and a strong budgetary foundation. NMU also has an academic reputation as a leading institution of higher education and scholarship, ensuring excellence and innovation for its 7,000 students across the institution’s more than 194-degree programs, including 36 graduate programs.   

Nominations and Applications

To apply for the Assistant Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion position, candidates are requested to submit the following: 

  • a resume or curriculum vitae; 
  • a letter of interest that addresses the leadership opportunities in the profile; and 
  • contact information for five references (to be contacted with candidate’s permission at a later date).  

Application materials and nominations (MS Word or PDF) should be sent electronically to: by October 26, 2023, for best consideration. The search will remain open until an appointment is made. 

Nominations and expressions of interest in the Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion position are encouraged. Please direct them to or to the AGB Search consultants listed below: 

Kim Bobby, Principal / (253) 861-7738

Carlton Brown, Executive Search Consultant - / (912) 247-8661


Northern Michigan University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of ancestry, race, color, ethnicity, religion or creed, sex or gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, age, height, weight, marital status, familial status, handicap/disability, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law in employment or the provision of services. NMU provides, upon request, reasonable accommodation including auxiliary aids and services necessary to afford individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in all programs and activities. NMU is strongly committed to increasing the diversity.