Toward inclusive excellence: Attracting and retaining diverse faculty and staff

12:30 - 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 21, 2017
PSU Ballroom West

Approaching diversity work with an open mind, proven research and a plan of execution can achieve undeniable results. This keynote address will explore strategies for recruiting diverse faculty and staff, and the supportive pillars necessary to retain them. Learn foundational strategies needed to achieve systematic change in higher education institutions.


Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Kevin McDonald

Kevin McDonald

Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
University of Missouri System

Dr. Kevin McDonald is chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at the University of Missouri. He was recently named its interim vice chancellor for inclusion, diversity and equity. 

As a diversity and inclusion professional, McDonald has developed a significant track record of transformational contributions toward organizational equity, diversity and inclusion goals. His efforts revolve around inextricably binding organizational pursuits of excellence with diversity and inclusion efforts. From access and success, to education and scholarship and institutional infrastructures, Dr. McDonald has worked collaboratively to create initiatives that positively impact policies, practices and processes.

Dr. McDonald’s former post was as vice president and associate provost for diversity and inclusion at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He held positions at other universities, including vice president for equity and inclusion at Virginia Tech, associate director for compliance and conflict resolution at Johns Hopkins University and campus compliance officer at the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to his work in higher education, Dr. McDonald worked for the U.S. Department of Justice and for Network Solutions, Inc.

McDonald holds a law degree from The Ohio State University and a doctoral degree in higher education leadership from the University of Rochester. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.