Spring Arbor University has announced the appointment of Kevin Brown as Chief Diversity Officer. Mr. Brown has been serving in a similar capacity as Special Assistant to the President for Diversity throughout the past year, and will transition to this full-time role over the next month.
Creation of the Chief Diversity Officer role is a result of SAU’s ongoing commitment to ensure that SAU attracts, retains and graduates a diverse body of students. SAU established the Diversity Task Force in early 2016 to formalize existing diversity efforts. The task force was instrumental in the formation of the University Diversity Plan and the formation of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council. As the plan becomes actionable, necessary leadership is critical to the success of these initiatives.
“Kevin Brown is absolutely the right person to lead our diversity efforts. He brings a strong background in leadership as well as specific experience within diversity. We are excited to have him serving in this role and look forward to the influence he will have across the entirety of the university.” says SAU president Dr. Brent Ellis.
Mr. Brown brings a wealth of experience to the role, having served in diversity roles for Albion College, Kenyon College and DePauw University. He also provided leadership within the diversity efforts of the Minority Health Partnership of Calhoun County and was the Director of the Young African-American Males program for the Center for Families and Children.