A Pioneering Diversity Officer Sees Barriers That Persist on Campuses

A Pioneering Diversity Officer Sees Barriers That Persist on Campuses 1

Chris Hildreth for The Chronicle

"When it comes to diversifying top positions, we have to be more intentional," says Willam Harvey, dean of the School of Education at North Carolina A&T U.

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Chris Hildreth for The Chronicle

"When it comes to diversifying top positions, we have to be more intentional," says Willam Harvey, dean of the School of Education at North Carolina A&T U.

William B. Harvey was the first person ever appointed to the position of vice president for diversity and equity at the University of Virginia, a job he held from 2005 to 2009. A recognized expert on diversity issues in higher education, Mr. Harvey is also founding president of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education.

With more than three decades of higher-education experience, he recently joined North Carolina A&T University, where he serves as dean of