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Executive Director Dayton, OH

The University of Dayton has selected Shelley Inglis, a 15-year veteran of the United Nations, as the next executive director of their Human Rights Center. She will start August 16.

Shelley is currently a regional cluster leader in the U.N. Development Programme in Istanbul where she manages a team that supports U.N. programs and policies in Europe and Central Asia to build democratic governance institutions, prevent corruption and conflict, and strengthen the rule of law and human rights.

During her career at the U.N., she has served with the Development Programme working on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, the Rule of Law Unit, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Department of Peacekeeping Organizations and Development Fund for Women.

Prior to her work in the U.N.'s Rule of Law Unit, Inglis was a human rights officer in the U.N.'s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. In that role, Inglis helped set policy on human rights investigations and assessed human rights protection methods in Ivory Coast and legal systems monitoring in Afghanistan.

Before that, she had several stints in the U.N. Department of Peacekeeping Organizations and U.N. Development Fund for Women. With the Department of Peacekeeping Organizations, Inglis coordinated the U.N. mine action team and supported the legal and judicial aspects of peacekeeping operations primarily in Africa.

Between earning a law degree from the Columbia University School of Law in 1999 and joining the U.N. in 2003, Inglis worked as an attorney with the Children's Law Center in Bronx, New York; as a rule of law officer with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Mission in Kosovo; and as a researcher with Amnesty International in Kosovo. She also established the Save the Children Office in central Bosnia and Herzegovina during the conflict there, prior to the Dayton Peace Accords.

Shelley also has been an adjunct or visiting professor at Barnard College at Columbia University, among others, and at Barnard crafted the first undergraduate course on the United Nations and international norms, which still is taught.

Shelley's work with the U.N.'s sustainable development agenda aligns well with UD’s aspiration to be the University for the Common Good. She will arrive on campus as we are discussing how to incorporate the U.N.'s sustainable development goals (Global Goals) into the University's work to end poverty, safeguard the sustainability of the earth's resources and ensure access to education and justice for all.

Tony Talbott, who served as the Human Rights Center's interim executive director, will remain at the center and will continue to bring leadership to the center's advocacy work, Pierce said.

The University of Dayton is a pioneer in human rights education. It started the country's first undergraduate human rights program in 1998 and offered one of the nation's first bachelor's degrees in human rights studies in 2008.

Tim McFeeley led this search with Brian Nwachukwu.


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