Colgate University — Chief Diversity Officer

Colgate University, a distinctive and strong undergraduate liberal arts institution of national reach and reputation now entering its third century, invites applications and nominations for the new position of Chief Diversity Officer (“CDO”). 

This new senior University officer will have the opportunity to define priorities and directions in a time when the University is pushing forward ambitiously on many fronts, supported by a President and Provost deeply committed to diversity and inclusion. Reporting directly to President Brian W. Casey, this leader will serve as a key strategic advisor to the president and as a vital member of the University Cabinet. 

Colgate is a distinctive, leading American university known for its intellectual rigor, world-class professors, campus of stunning beauty, and alumni famously loyal to their alma mater. Founded in 1819 and located in Hamilton, NY, the mission of Colgate is to develop wise, thoughtful, critical thinkers and perceptive leaders by challenging young men and women to fulfill their potential through residence in a community that values intellectual rigor and respects the complexity of human understanding.  Colgate seeks, on multiple fronts, to pursue its academic mission at an even higher level.

The CDO will join a supportive community and lead an institution of almost 3,000 students, 332 full-time faculty and approximately 650 staff in its efforts to create a diverse, inclusive and equitable academic community. The CDO will provide leadership and collaborate with the board, administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni and the Hamilton community to advance Colgate’s vision of an inclusive and equitable community gathered in pursuit of Colgate’s academic mission. 

The CDO will oversee the continued development of the University’s long-term plan for diversity, equity and inclusion, a part of the University’s Third-Century Plan, which identifies a diverse, inclusive and equitable community as foundational for the strength and success of the University. Additional priorities for the CDO include assisting with recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff and students, and providing support to diversity, equity and inclusion practitioners already on the campus, working with a number of offices to coordinate DEI efforts across campus, and deepening connections to diversity, equity and inclusion work across the campus and with the Village of Hamilton. 

Colgate seeks in its next CDO a courageous, collaborative, strategic and inspiring leader who has a track record of building programs and partnerships in addressing intersecting dimensions of diversity. Successful candidates will bring emotional intelligence and strong communication and conflict-resolution skills to charged issues in order to move the institution forward in its ambitions. Ideal candidates will also have demonstrated skills in collecting and using data to assess programs; familiarity with and support of shared accountability in an academic setting; significant supervisory experience and demonstrated strengths in coaching and mentoring; and the capacity to bring together community resources in support of institutional change and growth. A terminal degree is preferred, but not required. 

WittKieffer is assisting Colgate University in this recruitment. All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by October 16, 2020. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Confidential nominations and inquiries can be directed to the university’s consultants, Charlene Aguilar and Christine Pendleton at 

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. This policy shall apply to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, upgrading, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, recall, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation and selection for training at all levels of employment. Colgate University will not discharge or discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their own compensation or the compensation of another employee or applicant. Colgate University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Minorities/Females/Persons with Disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.