New chief diversity officer appointed

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Kevin McDonald

Kevin McDonald has been named RIT’s chief diversity officer, effective Jan. 13. McDonald comes to RIT from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where he serves as vice president for equity and inclusion. 

“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.”

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. 

McDonald is a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution, American Association for Affirmative Action and National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. 

“Kevin has been a proactive and strategic advocate for the issues of diversity and inclusion throughout his career,” says RIT President Bill 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.”