After 8 years of leadership for our university wide efforts in accountability, climate and equity, Dr. Christine Stanley, vice president & associate provost for diversity, has announced that she will not seek a third term and her intentions to return to faculty duties as a Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Administration & Human Resource Development.
Dr. Stanley has worked collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, university administration, former students and external partners to advance processes, dialogue and initiatives to improve campus climate, inclusivity and civil discourse for all who connect with Texas A&M University. In her leadership role she has led the implementation of the “Diversity Plan,” which has been recognized as exemplary by peer universities across the country.
She has represented the university’s collective efforts as a nationally sought speaker, thought leader and scholar across higher education organizations, such as American Association of Universities, American Council on Education, Association of Public & Land Grant Universities and the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. In 2016, due to her scholarship and leadership, the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education established an award in her honor — the Christine A. Stanley Award for Diversity and Inclusion Research in Educational Development.
She has guided the continued advancement of Texas A&M University core values and Vision 2020’s Imperative #6, to Globalize and Diversify the University, through her role as vice president & associate provost, chair of the Diversity Operations Committee, leadership with the President’s Council for Climate & Diversity, and work with former student constituent networks, boards and community leaders. In addition, she served as acting vice provost for academic affairs from 2014-2015, executive associate dean of the college of education and human development from 2006-2009, associate dean of faculties from 2003-2006, and associate department head of educational administration and human resource development from 2003-2004.
“Dr. Stanley is an amazing national leader as well as a great change agent for our University,” said President Michael K. Young. “Together with her fellow vice presidents and deans, Christine has created a tremendous culture of accountability that daily reinforces our shared commitment to the benefits of people from all different backgrounds working, learning and growing together. It will be impossible to replace her, but we will strive to ensure the work she has so ably activated continues.”
Dr. Stanley will return as a faculty member in the College of Education & Human Development where she plans to continue to use her experience and scholarship to support faculty professional development initiatives, improve student recruitment and retention efforts, and support community awareness of the benefits of inclusivity in education.
Dr. Watson noted, “Few universities have navigated the challenges that come from serving the public, acknowledging our individual histories, building a climate based on respect, and allowing for self-expression the way that Texas A&M has over the last 8 years. Much of the foundation we now have in place is thanks to Christine’s expertise, sensitivity to all ‘others,’ and spirit of cooperation and consensus building.”
Dr. Stanley will continue to serve until a successor is named. A largely internal search for the position will commence in the coming weeks, but nominations from outside the University will be accepted. Dean Eleanor Green has volunteered to serve as the chair of the search advisory committee.
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