Chief Diversity Officer

Saint Paul, Minnesota
Apr 18, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system seeks an experienced, collaborative, effective, and visionary leader to become its Chief Diversity Officer. This is a cabinet-level position reporting directly to the chancellor with significant interaction with the Board of Trustees.


The Chief Diversity Officer cultivates diversity as a core institutional and education value, serving as a large-scale change agent to advance Minnesota State's diversity, equity, and inclusions goals. The Chief Diversity Officer provides strategic leadership working in collaboration with campus and system office leaders to advance these goals in workforces, learning environments, programs, services, and partnerships throughout the system.


The Chief Diversity Officer provides leadership and support to the chancellor's cabinet in the integration of diversity, equity, and inclusion work across all functional areas; and collaborates with Human Resources, Academic and Student Affairs, and campus leaders to ensure campuses are welcoming, inclusive and success-oriented environments for students, faculty and staff.


Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is the largest single provider of higher education in the state of Minnesota, and the fourth largest system of higher education in the country. With 30 community and technical colleges and seven state universities, Minnesota State serves 58% of the state's undergraduate students. The system was founded in 1995 through the merger of three public higher education systems (community colleges, technical colleges, and state universities). It includes 54 campuses in 47 Minnesota communities, serving about 396,000 students, with 120,000 students taking non-credit courses and customized training programs designed for business.


The system has made tremendous progress in the diversification of its workforce and student body. Women comprise fully one-half of those in senior leadership positions. Fully one-third of the system's 30 presidents are people of color or American Indian, as are one-quarter of recently hired professionals, managers, and administrators. One quarter of the students served across the state are students of color or American Indian students – a 61% increase over the past decade. In addition, our colleges and universities serve 48,500 first generation college students, 84,000 low income students, and over 10,000 veterans.


Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist it in the search for the Chief Diversity Officer. Acceptance of inquiries, nominations, and applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Applicants are encouraged to transmit a detailed letter of interest and resume directed to Donna Cramer online at


Donna Cramer, Managing Associate

Isaacson, Miller

Phone: 617-262-6500

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