Chief diversity officer hunt: Search firm selected, town halls set

The national firm Spelman & Johnson Group (SJG) will assist in the search for Iowa State's chief diversity officer. The firm's first task will be to join the university search committee, led by dean of students Pamela Anthony, in collecting input on the role of Iowa State's chief diversity officer.

"This is a new position at Iowa State and we'd like to hear from interested individuals and groups as we develop a job description," Anthony said.

Town hall series

She encouraged the university community to share ideas on the chief diversity officer's role during a series of town halls, which begin this month. Town halls are scheduled for:

Wednesday, Feb. 18,

  • 2:15-3 p.m., Oak Room, Memorial Union
  • 4:15-5 p.m., Oak Room, Memorial Union

Thursday, Feb. 19

  • 10:15-11 a.m., Cardinal Room, Memorial Union

Tuesday, March 3

  • 12:15-1 p.m., Gallery, Memorial Union

Wednesday, March 4

  • 9-9:45 a.m., Oak Room, Memorial Union

Tuesday, March 10

  • 5:30-6:15 p.m., Oak Room, Memorial Union

Tuesday, April 7

  • 2:45-3:30 p.m., Gallery, MU

"We're looking forward to hearing not only from the university community, but external stakeholders as well," Anthony said.

Chief diversity officer website

In an effort to provide transparency and updated information about the CDO search, the search committee has created a chief diversity officer website, Anthony said. Questions about the CDO search may be directed to

About SJG

"SJG is a nationally recognized leader in higher education leadership searches and is familiar with Iowa State," Anthony said. "Senior associate Mark Hall, who is assigned to the ISU search, has led several searches within the division of student affairs in the past three years."


The chief diversity officer post stemmed from a 2013 study of ISU diversity programs and initiatives. President Steven Leath commissioned the study from The Jackson Consulting Firm, Madison, Wisconsin, and accepted a key recommendation to create a chief diversity officer at Iowa State.