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Promotions and new hires to top positions at higher education institutions

After a year-long search by a committee of faculty and staff, Renee Madison has been named vice-president for equity and inclusion at Colgate University. Madison, previously the director of human resources for the City of Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana, is a veteran administrator with experience promoting inclusion and equity in higher education and government: She has been senior advisor to the president for diversity and compliance and Title IX coordinator at DePauw University. She also served as a deputy prosecuting attorney in the Domestic Violence Division of the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office and as associate director of enforcement for the NCAA. Madison’s new position takes effect Oct. 4.


Dr. Paul Cesarini is the new inaugural Dean of Online and Digital Learning and City College at Loyola University in New Orleans, where he will be expanding the availability of creative hybrid programs, particularly business and law, and work to establish Loyola as a regional leader in online education. Originally from the Boston area, Cesarini earned his doctorate from Bowling Green University, where he has been Assistant Vice Provost of Summer and Online Programs and where he has worked in various academic capacities for 25 years.


As the newly named vice president and chief officer of diversity, equity and inclusion at Clark University, Margo R. Foreman, MPH, will oversee or support Clark’s programs and initiatives in support of diversity, equity and inclusion. Foreman comes to Clark from her position as interim vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion and assistant vice president for diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity at Iowa State University. There—and before that, at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis—she directed Title IX and ADA compliance and workforce diversity and equal opportunity programs.

McDaniel College announced on Sept. 8 that it has named Richard M. Smith inaugural associate provost for equity and belonging. Smith, a 2000 graduate of McDaniel, has been a sociology professor at the college since 2010. Since 2018 he has served as special advisor to the provost and led diversity, equity and inclusion academic programming, including faculty professional development and training. A Baltimore native, Smith earned his master’s degree and his Ph.D. at Temple University after graduating from McDaniel. He has also been an advisor to the Black Student Union and Brothers Elite student organizations, and in 2020 received McDaniel’s Dr. Ira G. Zepp Distinguished Teaching Award.

Michaele Whelan, who currently serves as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Emerson College, will become Wheaton College’s ninth president on January 1, 2022. After an eight-month exhaustive search, Whelan was chosen unanimously by Wheaton’s Board of Trustees. A champion for increasing academic and inclusive excellence and equity at Emerson since her appointment as provost in 2013, Whelan is credited with encouraging a culture of collaboration, fostering innovative teaching, supporting research and creative work, and increasing global capacity. Throughout her career, she has been a leader on and off campus, serving on numerous committees and boards, among them the Board of Directors for the Association of Chief Academic Officers, the ProArts Consortium, and the ACE Network of Women Leaders in Higher Education.

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