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Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lexington, VA

Washington and Lee University (W&L), a top ten nationally ranked private liberal arts college and ninth oldest institution for higher learning, seeks a passionate, dedicated, and visionary educator to serve as its inaugural Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The Associate Provost will join the institution at a transformative time as W&L assesses its identity and strengthens its commitment to excellence by making diversity, equity, and inclusion an institutional priority. Under the leadership of W&L’s newly appointed provost, Dr. Lena Hill, the successful candidate will be a steadfast diversity champion, trusted partner, exemplary academic, and scholarly practitioner who values a liberal arts education and has demonstrated experience as a skilled administrator and strategic leader. Working closely with the Provost and other key campus leaders, the Associate Provost will lead and inform the strategic discussion advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as build, guide, and assess such policies and practices in academic affairs as a means of improving the university’s cultural climate and identity.

The appointment of the inaugural Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion comes at a moment of unique opportunity highlighted by the support of a new Provost, as well as a faculty eager and excited to engage with the new Associate Provost on campus. Moreover, these unprecedented times consumed by a global pandemic and movement for racial and social justice and equity provide additional motivation for innovative, institutional change in this small and tight-knit institution that is high-touch in every way. The current moment, together with W&L’s long, complex history, emphasizes calls for a colleague who can gain the trust and credibility of marginalized populations within the W&L community. As a member of the Provost’s Office, the Associate Provost will build consensus amongst faculty and staff and champion transparency and accountability of diversity initiatives as a shared priority at the highest levels of leadership and governance. The Associate Provost will develop significant cross-collaborative partnerships with senior administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni, trustees, and community members to strengthen the fabric of diverse cultures and equity throughout W&L.

All correspondence, including applications, nominations, and general inquiries can be submitted electronically below. Applications should include a letter of interest and CV or resume. All correspondence will be held in strict confidence.

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Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all-inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

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