Vice President for Institute Diversity Search Committee Named

A national search for leadership to direct Georgia Tech's diversity initiatives

As part of the leadership restructuring announced last November, President Bud Peterson has confirmed the formation of a search committee to identify who will direct Georgia Tech's diversity initiatives.

Catherine Murray-Rust
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Catherine Murray-Rust, who was appointed dean and director of Libraries at Georgia Tech in August 2008.

Following a national search, the vice president for institute diversity (VPID) will have oversight for all diversity-related matters at Georgia Tech, report directly to the president, and serve as a member of the president’s cabinet. Catherine Murray-Rust, dean and director of libraries at Georgia Tech, will serve as chair of the committee. Other members include:

  • Marguerite Brown
    Director of HBCU Outreach, Georgia Tech Research Institute 
  • Abhishek Chhikara
    Graduate Student, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering 
  • Carol Colatrella
    Professor, School of Literature, Communication and Culture 
  • Mark Cottle
    Associate Professor, College of Architecture 
  • Rigoberto Hernandez
    Professor, School of Chemistry & Biochemistry 
  • Mary Ann Ingram
    ADVANCE Professor, College of Engineering 
  • Denise Johnson-Marshall
    Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Disability Services (ADAPTS) 
  •  Wing S. Li
    ADVANCE Professor, College of Sciences 
  • Mollie S. Mayfield
    Associate Director of Athletics-Administrative Services, GT Athletic Association 
  • Candace Mitchell
    Undergraduate Student, College of Computing 
  • Ruperto M. Perez
    Director, Georgia Tech Counseling Center 
  • Dana Randall
    Professor, School of Computer Science 
  • Koert Van Ittersum
    Assistant Professor, College of Management 
  • Kathleen Wasch
    Senior Attorney, Office of Legal Affairs 
  •  Chuck Donbaugh 
    Associate Vice President, Human Resources (ex officio)

"The rich history of Georgia Tech and the city of Atlanta make this an attractive opportunity for the right individual," Murray-Rust said. "The faculty, staff and students who comprise this committee welcome our role in advancing Tech’s reputation as a leader in diversity."

A national search firm will be hired to assist in the recruiting of potential candidates. The committee will hold its first meeting in the coming weeks, receive a formal charge from the president, and finalize the position description. Nominations, recommendations, and comments may be directed to Dean Murray-Rust.