Interim EO director to be named next week; Wells departs for new position

Carl Wells, director of equal opportunity and Title IX coordinator, will leave the university Aug. 1 to begin a new position as associate dean for campus life at Newberry College in Newberry, South Carolina.

An interim director of equal opportunity and Title IX coordinator will be named next week.

"We're grateful for Carl's service to our faculty, staff and students, and we wish him well in his new position," said President Wendy Wintersteen. "Carl's willingness to collaborate with leaders across all divisions, the way he invited and welcomed input, and his dedication to carrying out the responsibilities of the office at the highest level of professionalism will not soon be forgotten."

Wells joined the university in May 2022, previously serving as senior advisor for civil rights and affirmative action at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.

Under Wells's leadership, the Office of Equal Opportunity launched a new data management system for communications, investigation, prevention and reporting on discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct issues.

The Office of Equal Opportunity oversees compliance across the university for equal opportunity, civil rights, Title IX and affirmative action laws, regulations and policies. The office is charged with safeguarding a fair and respectful learning and working environment for students, faculty and staff, which includes coordinating the university's compliance with Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VI and Title VII.