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Chief Diversity Officer

Ohio Northern University

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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

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 [email protected]. 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 [email protected]. 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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Founded in 1871, Ohio Northern University is a selective, private, comprehensive university, comprising five colleges (Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy and Law) with nationally ranked arts, sciences and professional programs. ONU champions the pursuit of True North. Talented students enter motivated, engage in abundant opportunities, and leave prepared with an education with one of the highest returns on investment in the state.

Evidence of Excellence
Ohio Northern’s reputation for excellence continues to grow. In just the last few months, ONU has received recognition for teaching quality, high graduation rates, commitment to volunteer service and, most impressively, providing a high return on investment (ROI) to its graduates.

Our scenic, safe and modern campus rests on nearly 342 acres in the village of Ada, Ohio (population 5,582). Our location provides a quaint small town atmosphere that complements the friendly environment found on campus, while still offering some of the finest restaurants, shopping and culture the midwest has to offer just a short drive away. Located in northwest Ohio, Ada is 69 miles from Toledo, Ohio, to the north, 80 miles from Columbus, Ohio, to the south and 15 miles to Lima, Ohio to the west.

Don't wait for graduate school to get involved with cutting-edge research. At ONU, undergraduate research is a pillar upon which future success is built. Our students partner with faculty on research that expands the horizons of human understanding, and our annual Student Research Colloquium is a showcase that attracts researchers from across the country.

Arts and Culture
Whether students see world-class entertainment at the Freed Center, attend art exhibits at the Elzay Gallery of Art or cheer along with the marching band, Ohio Northern University is a cultural epicenter for theater, art and design, music and dance.ohio_northern_university3.jpg

ONU competes in the NCAA Division III-Ohio Athletic Conference. There are 21 varsity sports (eleven for men and ten for women), and nearly as many club and intramural sports. ONU has won the men's and women's OAC All-Sports Trophies for four consecutive years, and the men have won for five consecutive years. Our school colors are orange and black and our mascot is Klondike the polar bear.

Student Life
Students choose from a variety of campus activities including: 200 student organizations; four national sororities and six national fraternities; intercollegiate, intramural and club sports; music and theatrical events.

ONU Green
ONU is firmly committed to sustainability and environmental awareness on campus. Our on-campus housing derive 30 percent of their heating and cooling from geothermal technology and three new 400 kilowatt wind turbines are expected to provide between five and 10 percent of our electricity needs. Our fleet of hybrid and electric campus vehicles reduces our dependence on fossil fuels and our many environmentally themed student organizations are always finding new ways make ONU a greener place to live, learn and work.ohio_northern_university1.jpg

The Inn at Ohio Northern University
Ada's world-class hotel offers more than 70 deluxe guest rooms, luxurious amenities and more than 3,000 square feet of flexible meeting spaces. Guests of The Inn enjoy everything that the ONU campus has to offer: athletics, fine art, theatre performances and so much more.


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