California Polytechnic State University — University Diversity, Equity and Inclusion / Chief Diversity Officer

Search for the Vice President for University Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA

California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), a distinguished public undergraduate and master’s level institution located in San Luis Obispo, California, seeks a strategic and collaborative leader to serve as its next Vice President for University Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer (VP). The VP will be joining a highly committed and diverse senior leadership team and a campus community ready to come together to be inspired for the future around equity, diversity, and inclusion goals, and  to play an integral role in helping the university reach new heights of inclusive excellence. With an outstanding student body and a highly dedicated and talented faculty and staff, the university aspires to be the nation’s premier comprehensive polytechnic university. The University community seeks to develop and inspire whole system thinkers through teaching, scholarship, and the co-curricular experience of “Learn by Doing” to become the future leaders and innovators in the highly diverse State of California and the world. 

Founded in 1901 as one of 23 universities in the California State University (CSU) system, Cal Poly is one of only three comprehensive polytechnic universities in the State of California. For the 27th straight year, Cal Poly has been named the best public masters-level university in the West by both U.S. News & World Report and Forbes Top Colleges. 

Under the leadership of Cal Poly’s ninth president, Dr. Jeffrey D. Armstrong, Cal Poly is committed to adopting a comprehensive strategic framework for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion centrally and within all divisions, auxiliaries, colleges and units in a sustainable way. That framework will promote the university’s mission and values and transform the university’s culture to be a more welcoming and inclusive one for all. This role is an opportunity for a strategic leader to make a large impact alongside a university community eager to continue in its growth and education for how best to support its student body, faculty, and staff, while continuing to diversify campus, the broader San Luis Obispo area, and Central Coast region in these efforts. The next VP will work closely with the university community to address the following: 

  • Create a unified vision and strategy in alignment with the campus strategic plan
  • Foster and nurture a university-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) network and ever-growing culture of open dialogue, education, and community building across the university community
  • Establish measurable, mutually developed benchmarks, within and beyond action plans, to set and implement priorities 
  • Partner with the university community on the recruitment, support, and retention of diverse students, faculty, and staff to reflect the diversity of California 
  • Expand community and external engagement to establish Cal Poly as a valued leader and partner for inclusive excellence locally, regionally, within the CSU system, and beyond.

Cal Poly has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Complete applications will include a CV, cover letter, and statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion (included in the cover letter or separately). For more details and to submit inquiries, nominations, and applications, visit:

David Bellshaw, Lindsay Gold, Evan Layne, and Diana Inguito
Isaacson, Miller
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA  94111
Phone: 415.655.4900

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Cal Poly’s commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.