Vice President for Equity and Inclusion

Position Overview

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Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) announces the search for its inaugural Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and invites expressions of interest, nominations, and applications.

Central seeks an innovative, transformational leader to partner with its president, Dr. Zulma Toro, to carry forward a developing equity and inclusion agenda in need of further definition and implementation.  The successful candidate, therefore, will  have the opportunity to build on a solid foundation, drawing on work already in progress and enjoying the full support of the President and those at the University who are strongly committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and welcome effective leadership.

Founded in 1849 as New Britain Normal School, Central is the oldest public institution of higher education in Connecticut and the largest of its regional comprehensive universities.  Over its history Central has evolved into a modern comprehensive university with both undergraduate and graduate programs built on a robust foundation of liberal learning.  One of the four regional comprehensive universities in Connecticut, it is part of the 17-member Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system created in 2012.  It is also part of the Greater Hartford area whose 1.2 million residents are highly and increasingly diverse.   

Central’s five schools – the Carol A. Ammon College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences; the School of Business (AACSB-accredited); the School of Education and Professional Studies; the School of Engineering, Science, and Technology; and the School of Graduate Studies – offer  bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as several sixth-year professional diplomas and doctoral degrees in educational leadership and nurse anesthesia practice.  In recent years, Central has added master’s programs in accounting, exercise science, and STEM education, and an MBA.

Central’s 11,154  students are taught and mentored by 440 talented full-time and 541 part-time faculty members and are supported by a devoted full-time staff of 520 and a part-time staff of 125, all of whom are true partners in the educational enterprise.  A third of Central’s undergraduates are students of color, the largest group being Hispanic.  Central’s faculty and staff are committed to shared governance in a collective bargaining environment. 

Central’s 14:1 student/faculty ratio and its average class size of 25 allow the faculty and staff to provide a rich educational experience in addition to classroom instruction. Central is widely recognized for its international education program, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement for Teaching has recognized Central for its high level of community engagement.  Central was also selected for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.      

The new vice president will be expected to develop a strategic equity and inclusion plan for the University, provide leadership for the change in campus climate, complete the restructuring of the Office of Equity and Inclusion, and ensure that the compliance responsibilities of the Office of Equity and Inclusion are completed efficiently, accurately, transparently, and fairly. 

The ideal candidate will have a doctoral degree in an appropriate academic area, a record of successful and progressively more responsible leadership and administrative experience in higher education in diversity-related work, an understanding of the current laws, regulations, theory, and best practices in diversity-related work, a passion for social justice, and the ability to inspire trust. 

For further information about this opportunity and instructions to applicants, please review the position profile downloadable above. 

Nominations and Applications

For fullest consideration, applications should be received by November 2, 2020. To apply, candidates must send a letter of application in which they address specifically the leadership agenda outlined in this prospectus, a curriculum vita, and contact information (names, phone numbers, and email addresses) for five references in an MS Word or PDF document to:

Candidates are invited to speak with the consultant before submitting an application.  All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be held in the strictest confidence; references will not be contacted without the candidate’s expressed permission.

Nominations and inquiries are welcomed and should be directed to:

Robert Holyer, Ph.D., Executive Search Consultant, /(804) 708-0834 (o)/(804) 402-6736 (c)

Central Connecticut State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and affirmative action for all qualified persons.  CCSU does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity or expression, disability (including, but not limited to, intellectual disability, past or present history of mental disability, physical disability, or learning disability), genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut state and/or federal nondiscrimination laws.  CCSU does not unlawfully discriminate in employment and licensing against qualified persons with a prior criminal conviction. As an affirmative action employer, CCSU actively seeks and encourages applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status.  The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.