Sep 29, 2010
From staff reports
Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit recently announced the appointment of Laura Myers as the executive director of the Office for Institutional Equity.
“Laura demonstrated that she has the knowledge, integrity, and experience to be an effective leader of Institutional Equity,” said Benoit. “I’m pleased that she has agreed to continue directing the important work of the office. Laura will be a key contributor to our success as an institution in the years ahead.”
Reporting to the executive vice president and provost, the executive director of the Office for Institutional Equity oversees civil rights and equal opportunity employment compliance-assurance activities at Ohio University's main and regional campuses. Her purview includes the coordination and communication of the planning, implementing, and monitoring of the university's fulfillment of its obligations to provide an employment and educational environment that is free of harassment and discrimination.
The decision to appoint Myers followed a search that began in spring quarter and concluded during the first weeks of fall quarter. The search committee chaired by Stephen Patterson, an associate professor in the Department of Psychology, also included Anne Lombard, Student Affairs; Renee Middleton, Patton College; Barb Nalazek, Legal Affairs; Jim Sand, Residence Life; and Henry Woods, Campus Recycling.
Myers holds a law degree from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, a master's in organizational communication from Ohio University and a bachelor's in interpersonal communication from Ohio University's Honors Tutorial College.
Her areas of specialization include conflict management, alternative dispute resolution and administrative law. She has worked as legal counsel for the Athens County court-appointed special advocates/guardian ad litem program and as an attorney in private practice.
Reflecting on her appointment, Myers said, “While fairness and inclusiveness are the responsibility of everyone at Ohio University, Institutional Equity's role is to guide our efforts toward civil rights compliance. I'm looking forward to working together with the faculty, staff, and students of all of our campuses to ensure equal opportunity, equal access, and an environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.”
In 2008, Myers was appointed to serve as the interim director of Institutional Equity by Executive Vice President and Provost Kathy Krendl. Benoit extended her term as interim director for an additional year.
Some of her accomplishments over the past two years include increasing outreach and consultation to the regional campuses; improving communication with the U.S. Department of Education-Office of Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Labor-Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs; training approximately 3,600 university employees on the requirements of Title IX, the federal legislation that bans sex discrimination, whether it be in academics or athletics; and implementing document management and constituent service protocols.
Prior to her interim appointment, Myers was an instructor in the Department of Management Systems and taught in the executive and professional MBA programs.