The President’s Office has identified the national search firm WittKieffer to assist with the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion search process. President McConnell hopes to have a new vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion identified by early summer 2021.

What is a collective search process? 

The search for CSU’s Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion is an intentional collective search involving the entire CSU community. Recognizing that community is central to accomplishing our goals and supporting the work of this position, we seek input equally from all community members. 

Suggestions and Comments 

Recent Milestone: Final Round Interviews Completed

The Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion search committee hosted finalist interviews with four candidates during the week of May 24th, 2021.

Completed Milestone: First Round Interviews

The Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion search committee hosted round one interviews with candidates. 

Completed Milestone: Listening Sessions 

A series of virtual open forums were conducted to gather input and feedback from the Colorado State University community on the search and job description for the next Vice President for Diversity. 

The search firm, WittKieffer, conducted twelve listening sessions to inform the position with over 250 registrations. 

Listening session groups included: 

  • Two sessions open to the entire CSU community 
  • Athletics administration and coaches  
  • Commission on Diversity & Inclusion and Equity Inclusion Network members  
  • Cultural & Resource Center directors  
  • Faculty Stakeholders  
  • President’s Executive Leadership Team and Council of Deans  
  • Staff Stakeholders  
  • Student Affairs Leadership team 
  • Student Stakeholders  
  • Vice President for Diversity Office 


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Search Committee
Position Description
Posted and Recruitment
Active RecruitmentReview of Applications


Finalists interviews
with broad university participation

Search Committee

The campus search committee, chaired by Dean of Libraries Karen Estlund, began meeting in December.


This list of activities is intended to promote transparency; it is not intended to be comprehensive.

Conduct interviewsSearch Committee Charged 12/16
Final report for President McConnellPresident McConnell and Dean Estlund meet with VPD staff
Dean Estlund meet with Employment Council chairs
Search firm hired for national search: WittKieffer
Drafted list of stakeholder groups and held meetings with each
Expanded list of communication venues for search progress
Drafted organizational profile
Developed position description and leadership profile
Candidate screening
Review applications for semi-finalist interviews
Create Interview Plan
Select finalist candidates