April 29, 2019
Dear Campus Community,
After serving the University of Missouri for the past three years as our Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, Dr. Kevin McDonald has accepted a position at the University of Virginia starting this August. We will miss him greatly.
Since Dr. McDonald’s arrival at MU, he has helped create a more inclusive environment that has benefited all of us. By establishing the Inclusive Excellence Framework, he guided our efforts to embed diversity, inclusion and equity into the fabric of MU. Dr. McDonald and his team have been instrumental in committing resources and sharing best practices to help us increase our diversity pool among faculty, staff, students and administrative searches across campus. In addition to building up the Division, Dr. McDonald has been critical in broadening the capacity of campus partners who contribute to and carry out this important work in their respective colleges, schools and divisions.
Dr. McDonald’s spirit of collaboration has radiated throughout Mizzou, the University of Missouri System, area businesses and organizations, and higher education more broadly. His example shows how much impact we can have, every day, on our community.
We will miss Dr. McDonald for his dedication to our faculty, staff and students, as well as his fantastic sense of humor and generous nature.
We are committed to building upon the important work that Dr. McDonald has led for the past three years at MU. We will be working to appoint an interim leader in the next few months and will be launching a national search for a permanent vice chancellor this fall.
Please join me in wishing Dr. McDonald the best as he continues his professional journey.
Alexander N. Cartwright, PhD