Search for Our Next Diversity Leader

January 28, 2014 | 9:30 a.m.

Colleagues:

With the departure of Leon Rodrigues as our chief diversity officer, Cabinet and I wanted to provide some information regarding next steps. We have heard that some are concerned about what comes next in terms of diversity leadership at Bethel. We want to affirm that we will continue to have a chief diversity officer role at Bethel and want to build on the good work Leon has done for us. Before we post the opening, we want to go through a short season of listening where we think and discuss what we have gained over the years of Leon’s leadership and how we go forward in the best possible way.

During the next few weeks we will provide opportunities for groups and individuals to offer feedback on what staff, faculty, and students desire for the next person in this role to accomplish. It is our desire to use this feedback as we develop a position announcement for this role, with the goal of beginning the search by March 1. Further information surrounding these feedback opportunities will be provided in E-Announcements.

In the meantime, it is important that our work on diversity not stop. To that end, we are in the process of preparing a temporary transition plan to ensure our diversity efforts press forward while we wait for the person God is preparing for this role.

Serving Together,

Jay