Missouri University of Science and Technology, one of the nation's top technological research universities, seeks a collaborative and influential leader to serve as the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer (CDO).

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This individual will lead strategic initiatives that provide workplace and learning enrichment and broaden the university’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The successful candidate will collaboratively develop and enact a vision for DEI initiatives that further enhances the sense of belonging among Missouri S&T’s campus community and elevates the university's reputation as an institution of choice. Related activities may include, but are not limited to, student, faculty, and staff recruitment or retention initiatives; educational programming; policy development and reporting; and the cultivation of supportive relationships among alumni, employer partners, and/or community stakeholders.

Missouri S&T CDO Position Profile

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Search Committee Composition

NameCommittee Role
Kathleen Sheppard
Associate Professor, History & Political Science; Faculty Senate President-Elect
Co-Chair
Cindi Nelson
Chief Human Resources Officer
Co-Chair
José L. Corchado-Albelo
Graduate Student, Mining & Mineral Engineering; Member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Hispanic/Latino/a Recruitment and Retention
Member
Lister Florence
Alumnus and Member of the IDEA Committee, Missouri S&T Board of Trustees; Member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Council for African American Recruitment and Retention
Member
James A. Faletti
Alumnus and Vice Chair of IDEA Committee, Missouri S&T Board of Trustees
Member
Jessica E. Gargus
Director of Student Well-being; Member of Campus Pride (LGBTQ Student Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging)
Member
Carlos H. Giraldo
Associate Professor, Nuclear Engineering & Radiation Science; Member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
Member
Janiece Jones
Assistant Director (St. Louis and Diversity Recruiting), Office of Admissions
Member
Melanie R. Mormile
Professor, Biological Sciences
Member
Cindi Nelson
Chief Human Resources Officer; Member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
Member
Nancy Pendleton
Alumnus and Member of the IDEA Committee, Missouri S&T Board of Trustees
Member
Anitra C. Rivera
Interim Chief Diversity Officer
Member 
Natalie Downer
Director, McNair Scholars Program and Strategic STEM Initiatives at the University of Missouri
Ex-Officio Member
Andrew M. Crain
Lead Recruitment Consultant, Missouri S&T
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Tim McIntosh
Sr. Director of Recruitment, University of Missouri System
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