Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Search

Roger Williams University (RWU) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer (VPEI-CDO).

Search Firm

RWU has engaged with the national search firm, Spelman Johnson, which is nationally recognized for its work in identifying and recruiting outstanding leaders across education, advocacy associations, and social impact organizations, with nearly 30 years of search experience and a deep commitment to ensuring a diverse, equitable and inclusive search process. With a 97 percent successful placement rate, the firm is responsible for greatly diversifying the talent pipeline through its work, with 50 percent of all of its searches resulting in a person of color being hired and 48 percent in the hiring of a woman.

Position Profile

Reporting directly to President Ioannis Miaoulis, the next Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer is charged with shaping, articulating, and enabling RWU’s strategies for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion across both campuses (Bristol and Providence) of the University.

View the Complete Search Prospectus

Procedures for Nomination and Application

Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled.

To apply for this position please complete the brief application process and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter.

Nominations for this position may be emailed to Michel Frendian, Search Consultant, at

Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Search Committee Members

Nibal Awad, Alumni President – Committee Co-Chair
Gena, Bianco, Dean University College
Rodney Butler, RWU Board Trustee
Shamika Cameron, Director of Recruitment & Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment
Lisbeth Candelaria ’23, Student
Kelly Donnell, Diversity Faculty Fellow
Melissa DuBose, School of Law Board of Directors
Margaret Everett, Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs – Committee Co-Chair               
John King, Vice President for Student Life
Lorraine Lalli, School of Law, Assistant Dean of Students
Thomas McDonough, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources
David Moskowitz, Associate Professor of Politics & International Relations
Sophie Speliopoulos ’23, Student
Brian Williams, Chief of Staff