John Carroll University — Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

John Carroll University seeks nominations and applications for the inaugural role of Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (VPDEI). The VPDEI will report directly to President Michael D. Johnson, who assumed his position on June 1, 2018 as the institution’s first lay president. The Vice President works in partnership with the Senior Leadership Team to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion as integral components of the university’s mission.

Established in 1886, John Carroll University is a private, co-educational, Jesuit Catholic university providing programs in the liberal arts, sciences and business at the undergraduate level and in select areas at the master’s level. The university is located in University Heights, an eastern suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, and consists of two colleges: The College of Arts and Sciences and the John and Mary Jo Boler College of Business. The university supports a full-time faculty of 179 and enrolls approximately 3,000 undergraduate and 700 graduate students.

True to its mission and vision, the university is dedicated to graduating individuals of intellect and character who lead and serve by engaging the world around them and around the globe. John Carroll University strives to create an environment committed to social justice, and an inclusive community where differing points of view and experiences are valued as opportunities for mutual learning. To that end, the VPDEI will see the richness of John Carroll’s Jesuit heritage as an opportunity for engagement and as the basis for the diversity and inclusion that also lies at the heart of its identity. 

This is a tremendous opportunity to work with faculty, staff and students at an institution that is committed to social justice. The VPDEI will be charged with executing the Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence, providing visionary leadership for the newly formed Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, further engaging members of the JCU community in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts and being a strong and visible ambassador on campus and beyond. 

Candidates should have a minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in diversity and inclusion efforts in the higher education sector or equivalent accomplishments in other sectors, which are transferable to higher education. Candidates should also demonstrate a broad, nuanced understanding of how diversity, equity and inclusion theory and practice apply to higher education generally and to the Jesuit, Catholic mission of John Carroll University specifically. A Ph.D. or other terminal degree is preferred, and a faculty appointment may be made available to candidates possessing the appropriate qualifications and credentials.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin on August 12, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by August 20, 2019. Candidates should provide, as three separate documents, a curriculum vitae and a letter of application that addresses the themes and responsibilities described in the leadership profile found at and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to John Carroll University’s consultants Charlene Aguilar and Christine Pendleton at The consultants can be reached via the desk of Candice Jones, administrative support for the search, by telephone at 630-575-6929.

John Carroll University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.