Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Franklin & Marshall College
Gretchel Hathaway is Franklin & Marshall College’s (F&M) first vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Reporting to President Barbara Altmann, she provides vision, leadership, and guidance on diversity, equity, and inclusion matters, working collaboratively with the F&M community to build a more inclusive environment.
She previously served as dean of diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at Union College. She led strategic plan diversity initiatives with its board of trustees, faculty, and administrators. She worked at Union for 22 years and served on the review board of all faculty tenure and promotion cases. Hathaway also supervised Union’s Office of Intercultural Affairs and served as director of community outreach and Americans With Disabilities Act compliance officer.
In addition to her senior administrator duties at Union, Hathaway had taught in the Department of Sociology. Her research interests include diversity and inclusivity in higher education, child physical and sexual abuse, and marital rape and spousal abuse. Before she arrived in Schenectady, she spent nine years as the director of the personal counseling center at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. She has presented programs on diversity, multicultural topics, and Title IX programs at other higher education institutions, including Swarthmore College, Colgate University, and Skidmore College.
Hathaway is the parent of Rachel Tyson and Stephen Tyson, a 2007 F&M graduate and one of the founding members of I.M.P.A.C.T. Hathaway earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Manhattanville College and her master’s degree in the same field from Yeshiva University. She holds a doctorate in social work from the University of Pittsburgh.