Ohio Northern University — Chief Diversity Officer


Ohio Northern University (ONU) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for its inaugural Chief Diversity Officer (CDO). A major overriding role for the new CDO is to motivate and galvanize the campus community toward a shared vision of a diverse, equitable and inclusive University. The CDO will ensure the effective development, implementation, and continual improvement of a well-founded Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan that will be embedded within the culture of ONU and align with the University mission statement, goals, and objectives for years to come. The new CDO will report directly to the new president, Dr. Melissa Baumann, who will begin her leadership position on July 1, 2022. The CDO will be an integral member of the President's Cabinet, working closely with faculty and staff in offices, units, and colleges across the University. The appointee is expected to take office by July/August 2022 if possible.

Founded in 1871, Ohio Northern University has consistently reflected founder Henry Solomon Lehr's vision of “providing a community of learning, rich with opportunities for intellectual and personal development.” The University has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1899, instilling core values into its teaching while offering and assuring religious freedom on campus. ONU has an enrollment of approximately 2,800 graduate and undergraduate students. The University is situated in rural northwest Ohio in the historic village of Ada, which has a small-town atmosphere that complements the friendly environment found on campus. ONU is ranked nationally among the Top 50 “Best Small-Town Colleges” by BestColleges.com.

Ohio Northern is organized into five colleges (arts and sciences, business, engineering, law, and pharmacy) that offer more than 60 programs of study. While separate and distinct, there are many synergies across the colleges, and ONU students and faculty work collaboratively across the disciplines to take advantage of these opportunities. Unlike many smaller, private institutions, ONU has had professional colleges since shortly after its founding.

Academic Search is assisting Ohio Northern University in this search. For more information about the position, institution, qualifications, and application process/required materials, please download and review the full position profile on the Academic Search website. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted in confidence to OhioNorthernCDO@academicsearch.org. When submitting a nomination, please include the nominee's full name, title, position, and email address. Confidential conversations about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting Dr. Pam Balch, the Senior Consultant leading this search, directly at pam.balch@academicsearch.org. The position is open until filled, but only applications received by Monday, May 16, can be assured full consideration.

Ohio Northern University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, transgender status, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.


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