Marco Barker, PhD
Associate Vice President for DEI and Chief Diversity Officer
Dr. Barker oversees the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and serves as the chief diversity officer for Westminster College. In his role, he provides direct supervision of DEI and leadership on Westminster’s strategy for bolstering diversity, advancing equity, and enhancing inclusion across the institution. Dr. Barker’s research, publications, and consultations address cross-race mentoring and advising relationships, doctoral education, diversity, and leadership in higher education. He earned his undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from the University of Arkansas, his MBA from Webster University, and his PhD in educational leadership and research from Louisiana State University. He currently serves as co-chair of the human resource committee of the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in higher education’s National Advisory Council, a board member of the University of Arkansas’s Black Alumni Association, and as a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated.