Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Position Overview

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Bethel University (Saint Paul, Minnesota) invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 

Bethel University has been a leader and model of Christian higher education since their founding as a seminary in 1871. The University first offered four-year degrees following World War II, and in 2004 Bethel College and Seminary became Bethel University. The University now enrolls over 4000 students and offers 100 areas of study across four schools: The College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Adult & Professional Studies, the Graduate School, and Bethel Seminary. Boldly informed and motivated by the Christian faith, Bethel University educates and energizes men and women for excellence in leadership, scholarship, and service. Bethel prepares graduates to serve in strategic capacities to renew minds, live out biblical truth, transform culture, and advance the gospel.

Bethel’s commitment and motivation for diversity, equity, and inclusion is grounded in the Gospel command to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves. The University is committed to create a climate where student and employees can live, learn, and work in a culture that is characterized by and rooted in the biblical concepts of love, justice and reconciliation. This commitment is evidenced by recent initiatives including the Act Six Scholarship Program, the George Floyd Scholarship, the Cultural Connections Center, and the Micah 6:8 Faculty and Staff Development program.

The Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will report to the President, serve on the President’s Cabinet, and provide leadership for the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  The work of the Vice President will include the consolidation of current diversity programs and initiatives, the development of a comprehensive, university-wide diversity plan, oversight of diversity activities across the campus, and work with faculty and staff on practices that support inclusion and effective learning. Candidates for this position will be persons with a deep and authentic Christian faith, a track record of professional growth and achievement, a commitment to the mission of Bethel, and the capacity for visionary and inspirational leadership. Experience in higher education and a Ph.D., or equivalent terminal degree is preferred.

Nominations and Applications

To receive full consideration, applications must be received by May 24, 2021. Applications must include:

  1. A letter of interest that addresses the leadership opportunity and qualifications outlined in the Search Profile, which is available above;
  2. A curriculum vitae, and
  3. The names and contact information for five references.

Applications and nominations should be submitted electronically to: BethelVPDEI@agbsearch.com

Inquires may be directed to:

Dr. Kim Bobby, Executive Search Consultantkim.bobby@agbsearch.com

Dr. Loren Anderson, Executive Search Consultantloren.anderson@agbsearch.com

Bethel University seeks to recruit, retain, and develop a diverse workforce who contributes to our educational and Christ-centered mission. Bethel University employs qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, marital status, genetic information, veteran status, familial status, and status with regard to public assistance. Individuals must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.