Dec. 20, 2007
By George Mauzy
G. Christine Taylor, Ohio University's director of diversity and access, scholarship and retention programs, has accepted the position of associate vice president for institutional diversity at Miami University effective March 1. Her final day at Ohio University will be Feb. 29.
At Miami, Taylor will be part of the president's cabinet and work collaboratively with campus leadership to develop and coordinate the university's diversity programs and initiatives.
Taylor currently directs Ohio University's Office for Diversity, which is responsible for multicultural student recruitment, retention and scholarship programs. These duties include the daily administration of the Appalachian, King-Chavez-Parks, Templeton and Urban Scholars programs.
"Chris made significant contributions to Ohio University's recruitment and mentoring of multicultural students," said Executive Vice President and Provost Kathy Krendl. "Ohio University will miss Chris' energy and insights, but it is heartening to see her accomplishments recognized with an outstanding professional opportunity."
During her 20 years at the Athens campus, Taylor has held several jobs and in 2002, was one of 36 people selected nationally to participate in one of higher education's most prestigious experiences, the ACE Fellowship. Before accepting her current role, she served the university as an associate director of residence life, director of multicultural programs and associate vice president for finance and administration in charge of employee training and development programs. She also served as project coordinator for the Synergy Team, which conducted a comprehensive assessment of the university's multicultural student recruitment and retention efforts that was a key factor in the creation of the Office for Diversity.
A native of Harriman, Tenn., Taylor earned a doctorate in mass communications and a master's degree in telecommunications management from Ohio University.
The functions of the Office for Diversity are included in Ohio University's new comprehensive diversity program, which will place all diversity and equity offices and initiatives under the administration of the newly created vice provost for equity and diversity position. A national search to fill this position, which will report to Krendl, is underway with the expectation that the new hire be in place by July 1.