The candidates are Sallye McKee of Eagan, Minn., Marshall Sauceda of Los Angeles and Lawrence Dark of Silver Springs, Md.
Garrie Moore, chair of the search committee and ECU vice chancellor for student life, said the committee is looking forward to meeting with each of the finalists in the coming weeks.
The position, created last spring under the direction of ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard, is designed to advise university leaders on issues of diversity and will play a critical role in crafting its vision as an institution of higher learning. The appointee's duties will include developing a campus-wide diversity plan, leading a Diversity Council, addressing structural inequities, and implementing strategies to recruit and retain diverse faculty, staff and students.
Dark, an educational consultant who was most recently the director of the Choice Program at the Shriver Center at University of Maryland-Baltimore County campus, will visit ECU March 21-22.
McKee, associate vice provost for urban and educational outreach at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus, will visit ECU March 15-16.
Sauceda, associate dean for Loyola Marymount University's Ethnic and Intercultural Services in Los Angeles, will come to ECU March 20-21.
Each candidate will meet with university leaders, students, faculty and trustees. Ballard has said creating a position like this for the university would help ECU in its mission of becoming a more diverse campus.
"I am committed to enhancing the intellectual and demographic diversity of our university, and to providing students and staff the opportunities necessary for success in a diverse world and a global economy," Ballard said.
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