Following a national search, Marcus A. Whitehurst, PhD, has been appointed vice provost for educational equity at Penn State University, a position he has held on an interim basis since the passing of Terrell Jones on Aug. 19, 2014.
Prior to becoming interim vice provost, Whitehurst served under Jones as assistant vice provost for educational equity for seven years.
In this full-time role, Whitehurst will oversee 13 university units consisting of 75 staff members; some of these include the Office of Disability Services, the Equal Opportunity Planning Committee, the Multicultural Resource Center, and the Office of Veterans Programs. The Office of Educational Equity also works with external offices to ensure equal opportunity for students, faculty, and staff. In addition, Whitehurst will work closely with the University Faculty Senate to promote research, international exchanges, and partnerships.
“In both his current and former positions, [Whitehurst] has done an outstanding job advancing the mission of the office and the university as a leader in promoting and ensuring diversity and equal opportunity at Penn State,” said Nick Jones, executive vice president and provost of the university, in a press release. “He has shown tremendous leadership in his interim capacity, following the untimely death of Terrell Jones, and I am confident that he will continue to build upon those past successes.”
Whitehurst has a long history with Penn State. Before becoming assistant vice provost in 2007, he was director of the Multicultural Resource Center and former acting diversity advocate, focused on improving the campus climate. He also served as a liaison for members of the university when reporting incidents of intolerance.
“It is certainly an honor and privilege to serve as Penn State’s vice provost for educational equity,” Whitehurst said in a press release. “I truly believe in our office’s mission as we work toward creating a more welcoming and inclusive environment for our faculty, staff, and students.”