Westminster appoints First-Ever Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Sep 20, 2016

Sept. 20, 2016 New position to provide leadership for campus diversity issues, strengthen programming SALT LAKE CITY - Westminster announces that Marco Barker, Ph.D., has been selected as the college's new associate vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion beginning September 30. The new position will work in the community and across campus to promote inclusive excellence at Westminster.   In his role as AVP, Barker will report to the president and serve as a member of the senior executive team. He will be responsible for providing leadership for campus diversity initiatives with focus on strengthening three key areas: internal programs, community relations and strategic planning.   "Marco brings a wealth of experience in the areas of diversity, inclusion and equity to Westminster," said Stephen Morgan, Westminster president. "By creating this important new AVP position, we are committed to making meaningful change in these areas. I look forward to seeing our programs and relationships flourish under his leadership."   Prior to his new position, Barker was the senior director for education, operations and initiatives in the office of diversity & multicultural affairs-a unit in the Division of Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In that role, Barker researched, designed and implemented diversity education for the campus community; formed strategic partnerships across the institution; and managed the operations, strategic planning and product delivery throughout the DMA unit. He also served as a clinical assistant professor in the UNC School of Education.   "The world is increasingly changing and becoming more and more diverse," Barker said. "I know that Westminster recognizes that and in order to prepare its students to become future leaders and change makers, it is critical that diversity and inclusion is at the core of our teaching, scholarship and service. This is evident in the college's strategic plan, and I am excited to work with colleagues in fulfilling Westminster's goal to build a diverse community of learners and to truly make excellence inclusive."   Barker received a B.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Arkansas, an MBA from Webster University, and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and research from Louisiana State University.   For more information on Westminster's diversity and inclusion initiatives, visit www.westminstercollege.edu/diversity.

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