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Lisa Scott Named Chief Diversity Officer at Susquehanna University

April 23, 2009

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Lisa Scott has been named special assistant to the president for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer for Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove. She will begin her duties July 1.

In her new position, Scott will serve as primary advisor to the university president on matters involving access, diversity, inclusion and equity. She will coordinate affirmative action and equal opportunity initiatives, and promote and incorporate diversity into daily activities on campus.

“Lisa brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be of great value to Susquehanna,” said university President L. Jay Lemons. “I look forward to her and her husband, James Lincoln, joining our university and local community.”

The position is new for the university and elevates to the Office of the President the important tasks of ensuring that Susquehanna is a welcoming and diverse community.

“I am eager to work with a university that is clearly committed to creating an inclusive community embedded within the goals of academic excellence,” Scott said. “President Lemons has a great team and a great faculty, and I look forward to working with them.”

Prior to accepting the job at Susquehanna, Scott served as director of institutional equity and diversity, Office of the President, at Denison University in Granville, Ohio; assistant to the president and director of the Office of Social Equity at Bloomsburg University; director of multicultural affairs at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I.; program director of the Everywoman’s Center at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; and director of recruitment and retention at Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield, Mass.

Scott earned a bachelor of arts in 1990 and a master of education degree in 1991 from Cambridge College in Cambridge, Mass. She is pursuing a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies, ethics, social justice and leadership from Union Institute and University in Cincinnati.

She is a member of the American Association of University Women, the American Association of Affirmative Action, the American Council on Education, and the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education.

Susquehanna University was assisted in the hiring process by executive search firm Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. of Miramar Beach, Fla.

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 30 states and 12 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.

Contact: Karen Jones

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