October 04, 2019
Susquehanna University has named Michael Dixon chief inclusion and diversity officer following a nationwide search. Currently chief diversity officer and director of intercultural services at Manchester University, Dixon will join Susquehanna on Nov. 1.
In his new role, Dixon will work closely with the president and leaders across campus to develop and implement initiatives supporting the university’s inclusion and diversity efforts.
“Inclusive excellence, intercultural competence and global citizenship are critically important guiding principles for Susquehanna, and they are the most important values we can cultivate among our students and colleagues as we encounter an increasingly challenging cultural environment,” said University President Jonathan D. Green. “I look forward to welcoming Michael to the SU community and to working with him to promote a welcoming environment for all, on and off campus.”
During his tenure at Manchester University, North Manchester, Indiana, Dixon was responsible for providing the vision, leadership, development and evaluation of a comprehensive multicultural affairs program focused on retaining domestic students of color and international students, while educating all students about multiculturalism, diversity and social justice issues.
He was the founding director of Manchester’s Jean Childs Young Intercultural Center and assisted in raising $1.1 million to fund the project.
Dixon also led the President’s Diversity and Inclusion Council to develop a bias incident protocol and a strategic diversity plan. He also worked with human resources to infuse diversity training for faculty and staff.
Prior to joining Manchester University, Dixon was coordinator of intercultural life and leadership programs at St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa. Before that, he served as an admissions counselor at Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois.
Dixon is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He earned his bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University. He went on to earn his master’s degree from Grand Valley State University and is pursuing his doctorate from Indiana State University.
Dixon and his partner, Ali, have two children, Michael III, 6, and Quincy, 3. In his free time, Dixon enjoys playing basketball, volleyball, disc golf and European-style board games. He is also a licensed ZUMBA instructor and has taught since 2012.
Susquehanna was assisted by executive search firm Koya Leadership Partners.