Search for chief diversity officer begins

The national hunt for a chief diversity officer began recently with President Steven Leath's appointment of a search committee, led by dean of students Pamela Anthony.

The committee's first task will be to hire a search firm and develop a position description for the chief diversity officer, Anthony said.

"As the search continues, we'll keep the university community informed and seek its assistance in building a strong list of nominees and eventually meeting and evaluating finalists," she said.

In 2013, Leath commissioned The Jackson Consulting Firm, Madison, Wisconsin, to conduct a comprehensive study of Iowa State's diversity programs and initiatives. Among the firm's recommendations was creating a chief diversity officer position.

Search committee

  • Pamela Anthony, dean of students (chair)
  • Keith Bystrom, university counsel
  • Kristen Constant, College of Engineering
  • James Dorsett, international students and scholars
  • David Harris, athletics
  • Himar Hernandez, extension and outreach
  • Robin Kelley, equal opportunity
  • Emma Molls, library
  • Julie Nuter, university human resources
  • Calli Sanders, athletics
  • Jonathan Webb, world languages and cultures/student disability resources