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Ohio University has named Dr. Jason Pina the University’s Interim Chief Diversity Officer.

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Jason Pina named OHIO’s Interim Chief Diversity Officer

Ohio University has named Jason Pina the University’s Interim Chief Diversity Officer. Pina, who will continue to serve as OHIO’s Vice President for Student Affairs, will assume the additional responsibility for the Office for Diversity and Inclusion effective August 1. Pina has already begun working with Interim Executive Vice President and Provost David Descutner and President Duane Nellis to ensure a smooth transition.

“Throughout his over 20 years as a student affairs professional, diversity initiatives have played a significant role in Dr. Pina’s work to advance the personal development of students,” said Ohio University’s 21st President M. Duane Nellis. “It is my intention that Dr. Pina’s appointment will further strengthen the collaboration between the Offices of Student Affairs and Diversity & Inclusion. Creating a welcoming environment for every member of the Bobcat Family is a very important priority for me and I have no doubt that Dr. Pina’s sound grasp of OHIO’s student culture will enable him to further our values of inclusivity in the months ahead as we conduct a nationwide search for our next chief diversity officer. Ensuring and strengthening an environment of diversity and inclusion is an important priority for me as President.”

Prior to coming to OHIO in June 2016, Pina served as vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at Bridgewater State University, where he provided executive leadership of the university’s first Promoting Diversity Grant and added full transgender health insurance coverage to university plans. His previous experience includes serving as a campus chief diversity officer, administering an outreach program for middle and high school students of color as well as co-founding the Black Affinity Network at Babson College.

Dr. Pina holds a doctoral degree from Johnson & Wales University, master’s and educational specialist’s degrees from the University of Northern Colorado, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Occidental College. His research interests include diversity and social justice, presidential leadership and leadership development. Dr. Pina co-edited and authored the 2016 book AVP: Leading from the Unique Role of Associate/Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. Additionally, he serves NASPA: Student Affairs Professional in Higher Education in a number of national capacities.

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) includes departments critical to Ohio University’s advancement. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center (LGBT), Multicultural Center and Programs, Multicultural Student Access and Retention (OMSAR) and the Women's Center collaborate with other D&I professionals to serve OHIO. The on-going work of these professionals help educate, inspire and challenge the community to be more inclusive of individuals, groups and ideas.

“I am extremely honored to be able to serve our University community in this additional capacity and support ongoing efforts to ensure that OHIO is a safe and welcoming environment for all,” Pina said. “Promoting diversity and inclusion dovetails well with the Division of Student Affairs’ efforts to support holistic student development. I look forward to collaborating with Dr. Nellis and Dr. Descutner and the committed staff in Diversity and Inclusion to promote acceptance and appreciation for all cultures, communities and societies.”

The search for the next Ohio University Chief Diversity Officer will be undertaken this academic year.