Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion
Rochester Institute of Technology President Bill Destler appointed Kevin McDonald as the university's Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion. Previously McDonald has served as the vice president for equity and inclusion at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va.
"I am excited about being afforded an opportunity to join the RIT community," says McDonald. "RIT has a wonderful history steeped in a commitment to diversity and pluralism, and a desire at the highest levels of leadership to continue building on this solid foundation."
"Kevin has been a proactive and strategic advocate for the issues of diversity and inclusion throughout his career," says Destler. "His passionate commitment to the issues of diversity and inclusion, as well as his enthusiasm, energy and positive spirit will serve him well in this critical role at RIT."
Since arriving at RIT, McDonald has enjoyed meeting with constituents and learning about the organizational culture, the challenges, the opportunities and their collaborative spirits. He looks forward to partnering with many to move the diversity and inclusion efforts at RIT forward.
McDonald holds a law degree from Ohio State University and is in the process of completing his doctoral degree in Sociology-Africana Studies. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. He holds several certifications in both conflict resolution and social justice. He is a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution, American Association for Affirmative Action and National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education.