Kevin McDonald, UM System Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer and MU Vice Chancellor of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity, was honored by the Board of Curators on Thursday, June 20, 2019.
A resolution endorsed by UM System President Mun Choi and recommended by Chair Jon Sundvold was passed unanimously.
Please see below for full resolution text.
WHEREAS, Kevin G. McDonald, J.D., Ed.D., has served with distinction as the first UM System Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, from June 1, 2016 and dually as MU Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity & Equity, from July 1, 2017, until July 26, 2019; and
WHEREAS, prior to joining the University of Missouri, he explored and implemented proactive diversity measures for nearly 15 years at Johns Hopkins University, Virginia Tech, and Rochester Institute of Technology; and
WHEREAS, he laid the foundation of the Inclusive Excellence Framework across the UM System and all four institutions, as a means to move the university towards achieving their diversity and inclusion goals. He created and directed initiatives designed for leadership development, student success, and improving multicultural competencies for campus and System constituency; and
WHEREAS, Kevin shared his expertise and leadership skills with many national organizations; College Board; Dale Carnegie; the City of Columbia; Boone County; state agencies; and colleges and universities across the United States; and
WHEREAS, he created, refined, and implemented a leadership development and mentoring initiative aimed at improving access and academic outcomes for underrepresented high school students. The initiative is currently a partnership with public school districts in Columbia, Kansas City, and Jefferson City, Missouri; and
WHEREAS, his leadership inspired dozens of businesses and organizations in the local community, county and throughout the state to adopt the Inclusive Excellence Framework; and
WHEREAS, he is a dedicated leader who advocates for honesty, transparency, and collaboration, and seeks opportunities to bring others together for innovative projects that serve members of our university community; and
WHEREAS, despite his many accomplishments and accolades, Kevin remains humble and gracious, and always seeks the opportunity to recognize the roles, talents and contribution of others. In all he does, Kevin is sure to stay thoughtful, consistent, forthright, transparent and principled—all with a smile; and
WHEREAS, President Mun Choi states: “We are grateful for Dr. McDonald’s dedication to our faculty, students and staff in the pursuit of inclusive excellence. Dr. McDonald helped establish a framework and structure that we will continue to build upon as inclusion remains among our highest priorities.”; and
WHEREAS, Chancellor Alex Cartwright states: “The impact Dr. McDonald has had on Missouri’s flagship campus truly sets a tone for what it means to pursue inclusive excellence and grow together. We pledge to continue to carry out this important work for the benefit of our campus community.”; and
WHEREAS, Kevin is a passionate, inspiring, and generous advocate, mentor, and champion to countless students, faculty, and staff; and in everything he does, he inspires and empowers everyone to manifest their full potential; and
WHEREAS, to him, the entire University Family repeats Kevin’s favorite phrase, “Thanks a Million!”:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Curators, on behalf of the students, faculty, staff and alumni of the University of Missouri, and on behalf of the citizens of the State of Missouri, does hereby adopt this resolution in appreciation of the dedicated and devoted service of Kevin G. McDonald; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Secretary of the Board of Curators cause this resolution to be spread upon the minutes of this meeting and a duly inscribed copy thereof be furnished to Kevin G. McDonald, J.D, Ed.D.