Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Position Overview

Southern Connecticut State University, a public comprehensive university in New Haven, Connecticut, with a strong commitment to social justice, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the newly created position of Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 

Founded in 1893 as New Haven Normal School, the University has evolved into a modern, urban, diversified center of higher learning serving approximately 10,000 students with excellent undergraduate and graduate programs. Southern is one of four comprehensive universities in the 17-member Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system. Its five colleges and schools offer more than 225 academic programs, leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as sixth-year professional diplomas and doctoral degrees in educational leadership, nursing education, and social work. Supporting the academic offerings are several nationally recognized academic centers and several new campus facilities: a recently expanded library, a new state-of-the-art science building, the recently completed Barack H. Obama Magnet University School, and a new facility for the College of Health and Human Services soon to begin construction.  

Southern’s core mission to provide an academically excellent education to the students of Connecticut has led it naturally to form strong commitments to both diversity and inclusion.   This commitment has broadened and deepened to include social justice not only within society at large, but also within the Southern community.  Southern’s current president, Dr. Joe Bertolino, has challenged the university to become truly a social justice university.  The newly created position of Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is a visible demonstration of Southern’s commitment and a major step in realizing the vision of Southern as a social justice university.  The founding vice president will have the opportunity to provide the leadership and organization necessary to create a comprehensive social justice program that is reflective of Southern’s culture, that captures and directs the many social justice initiatives that have grown up at Southern, and that implements Southern’s vision.  Since Southern is the first of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities to create a permanent vice presidential position for diversity, equity, and inclusion, what is developed at Southern promises to be a model for the state and should elevate Southern’s profile in the national conversation about social justice in higher education. In developing an exciting and innovative agenda, the new vice president will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with a broad range of people both at the University and in the New Haven region and will enjoy strong presidential support as well the strong support of many faculty, staff, and students. 

The ideal candidate for the position will hold a terminal degree in an appropriate academic discipline; have a record of successful and progressively more responsible leadership and administrative experience in higher education in diversity-related work; have a thorough grasp of the research, literature, and best practices relevant to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice; and have proven communication, leadership, and relation-building skills.     

Nominations and Applications

For fullest consideration, applications should be received by January 27, 2020. For more information and instructions to applicants, please review the position profile downloadable above.

Nominations and inquiries should be directed to:

Kim Bobby, Ed.D., Executive Search Consultant,, (253) 861-7738                                                                                                                                                      

Robert Holyer, Ph.D., Executive Search Consultant,,

(804) 708-0834 (o)/(804) 402-6736 (c)

Southern is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. The University seeks to enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff. People of color, women and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.