Gettysburg College Appoints Dr. Jeanne Arnold as Chief Diversity Officer

Philadelphia native Dr. Jeanne Arnold has been appointed as Chief Diversity Officer at Gettysburg College. In this position, Arnold will lead the College in building upon and supporting initiatives that promote diversity, equity, access and inclusion on campus.

“We are fortunate to have attracted Dr. Arnold to our campus and are pleased to welcome her into the Gettysburg College community and the local community,” said Gettysburg College President Janet Morgan Riggs. “Dr. Arnold’s wealth of experience will be a tremendous asset as we continue to enhance the ways in which we carry out the College’s strong commitment to the values of diversity, equity and inclusion.”

Jeanne ArnoldThe creation of the position of Chief Diversity Officer came from recommendations made by the College’s Advisory Commission on Diversity. Among her responsibilities, Arnold will chair the College’s Diversity Commission and provide leadership for the development of a College diversity plan.  In addition, she will assist in the recruitment and retention of faculty and staff, aid in planning campus programs related to diversity issues and evaluate the campus climate with respect to diversity, equity and inclusion.  

"I am truly honored to be Gettysburg College's choice for the position of Chief Diversity Officer. The College has an impressive history of demonstrating its commitment to diversity, so I look forward to working with the entire community to strengthen implementation and institutionalization strategies to create an even more inclusive environment."

For nearly seven years, Arnold has served as the Vice President for Inclusion and Equity at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. While there she completed the first university-wide Inclusion Implementation Plan and established a comprehensive diversity, inclusion and equity co-curriculum that provided professional development for more than 3,000 faculty, staff and students.

Prior to her appointment at Grand Valley State University, Arnold worked at the University of Pennsylvania serving as Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs from 2003 to 2007 and Director of the African American Resource Center from 1995 to 2003.  She has also worked as a social work practitioner in a variety of agencies and family service organizations. 

Arnold graduated from Pennsylvania State University and earned an M.S.W. and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Jamie Yates, director of communications & media relations, 717.337.6801.

Posted: Wed, 23 Jul 2014

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