A Pair of African Americans Who Have Been Named Chief Diversity Officers

Randi Congleton was appointed chief diversity and inclusion officer at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. She has been serving as assistant vice chancellor for equity and inclusion at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to that appointment, she was the vice president of equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at Chatham University in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Congleton earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural and extension education from Pennsylvania State University. She holds a master’s degree in community services from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in education and organizational leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

David E. Jones is the new chief diversity officer at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark. Since 2020, he has served as the chief diversity officer at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. Previously, Dr. Jones was director of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

Dr. Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Eastern Connecticut State University. He earned a master’s degree in college student affairs from the University of South Florida and a doctorate in organizational leadership and communication from Northeastern University in Boston.


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