Amid many leadership changes happening at the University of Virginia, another one is coming. Dr. Marcus Martin is retiring, which will leave open the pivotal role of vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion at the University. UVA President Jim Ryan, who was inaugurated as president in October, has created a strong search committee, and the team has already started to have meetings with stakeholders about the characteristics and skills they would like to see Martin’s successor bring to the role.
Based on the job description, this leader will need to be a planner, builder, visionary and strategist. This person will need to harness the energy and passion for diversity and inclusion efforts happening across the University. While change can be hard, Dr. Martin has done his job well, and it is time to find the next leader that will guide the diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at the University.
Professor Martin Davidson, senior associate dean and chief diversity officer at Darden, will chair the search committee. UVA Today covered the announcement of the new search:
Information about the position can be found here.
Martin Davidson, Johnson and Higgins Professor of Business Administration and senior associate dean and chief diversity officer for the Darden School of Business, is chairing the committee.
“I’m honored and excited to lead this search,” Davidson wrote in an email. “The work of our next vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion will be critical in ensuring that the University continues its pursuit of excellence. Diversity work, done well, is not just about making sure that all voices are present and heard, but that those voices work together effectively and justly to make the institution better.”