Purdue University Global Appoints Vice President of Organizational Culture and Chief Diversity Officer

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana — Tiffany G. Townsend, Ph.D. looks forward to building on Purdue University Global’s strong reputation as a leader in online education. She was hired as Vice President of Organizational Culture and Director of Diversity, effective July 1 and reporting to Chancellor Frank Dooley as a member of the university’s leadership team.

In this newly created position, Townsend will support Purdue University Global’s mission and strategy by fostering a diverse, inclusive and equitable learning environment for all students, faculty, staff and administrators. She will guide and implement diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at institutional and departmental levels, while supporting and building systems of inclusion through policies, procedures, practices, customs and leadership. Additionally, Townsend will foster collaborative relationships within the Purdue University system to align strategies and initiatives.

“As a public online university with a very strong educational heritage, Purdue University Global is well positioned to dramatically change the landscape of higher education, particularly with regard to making education more accessible and affordable for a wide range of students,” said Townsend. “I am very happy to join the team of Purdue Global, and I look forward to working with the Purdue Global community to reinvent higher education.

As a clinician and researcher, Townsend has worked for more than two decades to ensure that all individuals, regardless of ethnicity, gender, or socioeconomic status, have access to the knowledge and resources needed to facilitate healthy functioning. health and general well-being.

“The entire university is thrilled to have Dr. Townsend bring his expertise, experience and knowledge to Purdue University Global,” Dooley said. “With her as a key member of our team, we will be a better and more relevant university.”

Townsend comes to Purdue University Global from Augusta University, where she has served in the dual roles of Diversity Officer and Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences since 2019. She established a comprehensive DEI training program that included a series of diversity courses, in-person and online workshops. training modules to ensure that all students, staff and faculty have been exposed to the fundamental concepts and principles of DEI.

Townsend is also currently the President of the Georgian Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education and has been selected as a member of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education.

“During the research process, I was very impressed with Purdue Global’s commitment to creating an equitable working and learning environment for its students, staff and faculty,” said Townsend. “I would like to thank the Search Committee, members of the University community and especially Chancellor Dooley for entrusting me to be the first to lead this effort.

“My role as the inaugural Chief Diversity Officer will be to harness the energy of DEI that is already present at the university and work to co-create a plan with the Purdue Global community to achieve its vision of fairness.”

Prior to Augusta University, Townsend served as Senior Director of the Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs for the American Psychological Association from 2011-2019. She previously held faculty appointments at Georgetown University Medical School (2006-19) and at Penn State University (1998-2006).

Townsend received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Spelman College. She earned her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from George Washington University. His work has been featured in several journals, books, and media, including The Washingtonian, Los Angeles Times, and San Diego Union-Tribune.

About Purdue Global University

Purdue University Global offers personalized online education tailored to the unique needs of adults who have work or life experience beyond the classroom, enabling them to develop essential academic and career skills with the support and flexibility you need. they need to achieve their career goals. It offers students personalized paths to an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree, based on their work experience, desired pace, military service, prior college credits, and other considerations – no matter where they are in their life journey. Purdue University Global is a public, nonprofit university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is affiliated with the flagship institution of Purdue University, a top-tier public research university located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue University also operates regional campuses in Fort Wayne and northwest Indiana, as well as science, engineering, and technology students at the Indiana University campus at the University Purdue of Indianapolis (IUPUI). For more information, visit purdueglobal.edu.

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Sources: Frank Dooley

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