ATHENS, Ohio ? G. Christine Taylor, Ph.D., has been named interim assistant to the president for diversity at Ohio University, effective Sept. 7, for a one-year appointment. Taylor is currently the associate vice president for finance and administration at the university.
"It is vital that we maintain our focus on achieving greater diversity within Ohio University?s community," said Ohio University President Roderick McDavis. "I am very pleased that Dr. Chris Taylor has agreed to serve as our interim assistant to the president for diversity. The office for diversity will help us to develop a strategic plan to attract more students, faculty and staff from disproportionately represented groups to Ohio University. Dr. Taylor brings wonderful energy, experience and understanding of the challenges we face to create a more diverse campus. She will be a dynamic leader in her new role."
Enhancing the diversity of student, faculty, administration and staff is one of McDavis? top five priorities for Ohio University. Taylor will be responsible for creating, reviewing and coordinating university policies and programs pertaining to student, faculty and staff diversity. She will be charged with developing and implementing a strategic plan for increasing diversity and will work closely with university vice presidents and deans to design new diversity initiatives. Taylor will also collaborate with university staff members responsible for minority student recruitment, retention and scholarship programs and will help develop a plan for improving support services for minority students.
"I am pleased to have the opportunity to work in a focused way on this most critical issue in higher education," Taylor said. "The continued development of a campus and community which more closely reflects our society, values the differences of its members and recognizes diversity as an asset and an integral part of its existence is important."
Since joining Ohio University in 1991, Taylor has also worked as the associate director of residence life and the director of multicultural programs. Prior to her work in higher education, Taylor worked in the public broadcasting industry in several capacities.
In addition, Taylor was the project coordinator for the Synergy Team, a university-wide initiative that focused on multicultural student recruitment and retention at Ohio University. Most recently, she was chosen as a fellow by the American Council for Education. The fellowship is the premier higher education leadership program in the nation.
Taylor received a doctorate in mass communications and a master?s degree in telecommunications management from Ohio University and a bachelor?s degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Should the occasion rise during the coming year, Taylor will have the opportunity to apply for the permanent assistant?s position.
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