UVa names VP of diversity, equity and inclusion

Kevin McDonald

Ten years after working at Virginia Tech, Kevin McDonald will return to the state — this time as the chief diversity officer at the University of Virginia.

McDonald, currently the vice chancellor of inclusion, diversity and equity at the University of Missouri and the chief diversity officer for the University of Missouri System, will become UVa’s vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion on Aug. 1.

He has steered Missouri’s flagship university through the aftermath of race-related turmoil in the fall of 2015, which forced out top administrators and drew condemnation from state legislators.

In his new role at UVa, which comes with a starting salary of $340,000, McDonald said he looks forward to recruiting and engaging diverse faculty, staff and students, as well as developing a more outward-looking university that grapples with its role in the surrounding community.

UVa’s offer of a “diversity-plus” position, where he would not only be responsible for equity within UVa but also for community engagement with the surrounding area, was intriguing and helped to clinch the deal, McDonald said. He referenced the recent Community Working Group report, which requested greater UVa collaboration and financial partnership with existing community efforts, as a reason to accept the job. (read more)

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