INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is happy to announce the addition of James A. Felton III to its editorial board. Felton currently serves as chief diversity officer (CDO) at Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) in Arnold, Md.
Prior to being appointed as the inaugural CDO of AACC in 2014, Felton served as the first director for the Department of Intercultural Affairs at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C. As a well-known leader, educator, mentor, and diversity advocate in higher education, he brings vast knowledge and expertise to INSIGHT Into Diversity.
“We are honored to welcome Mr. Felton to the INSIGHT Into Diversity Editorial Board,” says Lenore Pearlstein, co-publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “His community college expertise, along with his deep commitment to the work of diversity and inclusion, brings tremendous understanding of the issues faced by higher education today.”
Felton’s diversity work has included contributing to the development of several diversity and strategic plans, including the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay’s renowned Plan 2008; managing three major scholarship and mentor programs for underrepresented students at a number of selective private liberal arts colleges and state systems; partnering with corporate, nonprofit, and federal agencies to promote international programs and initiatives related to diversity and social justice; and, most recently, serving as a project team lead on behalf of AACC for the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence initiative.
In addition to his background in higher education, he has served in a variety of roles within organizations and on boards. He is a founding member of the Pennsylvania Association of Liaisons and Officers for Multicultural Affairs, a statewide organization that provides advocacy, support, and best practices to diversity professionals in the field; serves as a member of the National Advisory Council for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity; and is co-chair of the Maryland Community College Diversity Roundtable. He also holds memberships with the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education, and College Student Educators International.
Felton earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in educational administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, Md. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in global leadership, with a concentration in academic administration from Indiana Institute of Technology in Fort Wayne, Ind.