Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Finalist Interviews

The search committee has identified four finalists for the position. Candidates' names and CVs will be posted here 24 hours in advance of their campus visit. The campus visits are scheduled for the following dates:

  • Candidate 1 – December 2 and 3
    • Curtis D. Byrd, special advisor to the Provost on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Georgia State University | CV | Cover Letter
  • Candidate 2 – December 5 and 6
    • Sharon Perry-Fantinivice provost, equity, access, opportunity and Title IX & 504 Coordinator, Tiffin University | CV | Cover Letter
  • Candidate 3 – December 6 and 7
    • Brice Yateschief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer, College of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley | CV | Cover Letter
  • Candidate 4 – December 7 and 8
    • Marian Wells Higginsassociate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion, Mary Frances Early College of Education, University of Georgia | CV | Cover Letter

Each candidate will hold a campus forum, available in-person and virtually. 

  • Candidate 1 – December 3 | 11 a.m. – noon | Campanile Room, Memorial Union | Livestream link
  • Candidate 2 – December 6 | 11 a.m. – noon | Campanile Room, Memorial Union  | Livestream link
  • Candidate 3 – December 7 | 11 a.m. – noon | Oak Room, Memorial Union  | Livestream link
  • Candidate 4 – December 8 | 11 a.m. – noon | Cardinal Room, Memorial Union | Livestream link

Participants are encouraged to submit an online feedback form after each candidate's open forum. The deadline to submit all feedback is 5 p.m., Monday, Dec. 13. 

Search committee


  • Toyia Younger, senior vice president for student affairs

Committee members

  • Pete Englin, associate vice president for campus life and director of residence 
  • Jahmai Fisher, training & development specialist, Academic Success Center
  • Carmen Flagge, director of multicultural student success, Human Sciences Student Services 
  • Alejandra Flores Renteria, director of diversity and inclusion, Student Government 
  • Carmen Gomes, associate professor of mechanical engineering and chair of the Faculty Senate Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • Michael Newton, associate vice president for public safety and chief of police
  • Mike Norton, university counsel 
  • Charles Small, senior associate athletics director
  • David Spalding, dean, Ivy College of Business and interim vice president for economic development and industry relations
  • Zhengyuan Zhu, professor of statistics and director of the Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology

Administrative Support

  • Rose Wilbanks, executive assistant to the senior vice president for student affairs

Search Firm: Spelman Johnson search firm