Four African Americans Who Have Been Hired to Diversity Positions in Higher Education

Chancey Page is the new assistant director and coordinator of diversity initiatives in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. Before joining West Chester, he served as the interim assistant director of diversity, equity, and inclusion and the assistant director of campus life at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.

Page earned a bachelor’s degree in fashion design from Centenary University in Hackettstown, New Jersey. He holds a master’s degree in higher education leadership and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in higher education leadership from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania.

S. Brooke Vick was recently named the inaugural vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. She has been serving as the chief diversity officer, associate provost for equity and inclusion, and associate professor of psychology at Muhlenberg College in Allentown Pennsylvania.

Dr. Vick holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Colorado College. She earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Donyale R. Padgett was appointed interim chief diversity officer at Wayne State University in Detroit. Professor Padgett has been a faculty member in the department of communication at the university since the fall of 2002.

Dr. Padgett holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a concentration in public relations and a master’s degree in organizational communication and public relations from Wayne State University. She earned a Ph.D. from Howard University in rhetoric and intercultural communication.

Laura Renée Chandler is the new associate provost and dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Dr. Chandler comes to Colby from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, where she was the inaugural vice president of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Earlier, she was director of the Center for Diversity and Community at the University of South Dakota.

Dr. Chandler received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in history from Rice University in Houston.

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