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Herb Alexander Named Chief Diversity Officer at Roberts Wesleyan College

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Herb Alexander was named chief diversity officer of Roberts Wesleyan College in September 2020. Provided photo

Roberts Wesleyan College named Herb Alexander its chief diversity officer, effective Sept. 7.

Alexander, who earned his bachelor’s degree in history and master’s degree in strategic leadership from Roberts, has served in various roles that promote diversity and inclusion.

“Herb is an outstanding young professional who has earned his rapid trajectory of increased responsibilities at Roberts Wesleyan,” college president Deana L. Porterfield wrote in a news release.

“He has effectively helped to move the college toward a greater understanding of equity, microaggressions and diversity, and has become a significant voice for our campus community on finding a way forward in understanding racism and justice,” she wrote. “I am confident that he will effectively lead us forward as we endeavor to promote fair and equal access for all and champion an inclusive culture through a commitment to equality and diversity on our campus.”

Alexander will lead initiatives that help the college value and celebrate diversity and create a culture where all people feel safe, valued and empowered through education and advocacy.

Alexander will work with students, faculty and staff, as well as the Office of Diversity & Equity on training, programming and resources that address implicit biases.

Alexander also serves as an executive project manager on a joint criminal justice research initiative between the Justice and Security Institute and the Brighton Police Department to identify, measure and understand perceptions among the Black community about Monroe County police departments. The study will also help detect barriers to recruitment that hinder the hiring and establishment of a more diverse police force.

Alexander began his career at Roberts as director of multicultural student success. He then served as director of the Office of Diversity and Equity, the first department of its kind he helped to establish at the college. Most recently, he served as the associate dean of students, a role he will continue to fulfill as chief diversity officer, working alongside the Office of Student Life. Alexander also founded the College Resource Group for Race and Ethnicity for faculty and staff and launched the Gateway to Success Student Transition Program.

Alexander succeeds Ruth Logan, vice president for student and organizational development who pioneered diversity and inclusion efforts on campus and served in the role for the past 20 years. Logan will continue as vice president for student and organizational development, Title IX officer and lead of Roberts Wesleyan’s Emergency Response and Roberts Restart teams.