Upon Kevin McDonald’s departure, the University of Missouri System has split the dual role of the UM System Chief Diversity Officer and the MU Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity & Equity. Effective Aug. 1, two members of the current leadership team will cover the responsibilities for the UM System position while we conduct a national search to hire a permanent CDO.
Christine Holt, chief of staff, will serve as interim chief diversity officer. Prior to her role as chief of staff, Holt served as MU associate provost where she managed various projects including strategic planning, accreditation processes, faculty diversity hiring, academic personnel issues, employment discrimination, Title IX, campus safety, space utilization and other special initiatives.
Marsha Fischer, associate vice president for human resources and chief human resources officer, will serve as interim chief equal opportunity officer responsible for affirmative action and Title IX and equity matters. Prior to her role in HR, Fischer served as counsel in the UM System General Counsel’s office. She joined the UM System in May 2014 and has primarily advised on employment matters, Title IX and equity-related issues and academic affairs.
Holt and Fischer will continue the important work centered on inclusive excellence and will collaborate with their counterparts systemwide to ensure that this remains one of our highest priorities. Earlier this month, MU Chancellor Cartwright appointed NaTashua R. Davis, executive director of Mizzou IDE’s Access & Leadership Development, as interim vice chancellor in advance of Mizzou’s national search.
The university system is thankful for Holt and Fischer’s service and contributions. System will share updates as it launches a national search for the next UM System Chief Diversity Officer.