Medaille College Appoints Dr. Carmen Wilson as Vice President for Academic Affairs, Promotes Kenya Hobbs to Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Medaille College Appoints Dr. Carmen Wilson as Vice President for Academic Affairs, Promotes Kenya Hobbs to Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Dr. Carmen Wilson

Medaille College has announced the appointment of Carmen R. Wilson, Ph.D., as vice president for academic affairs (VPAA). The VPAA serves as the chief academic officer of the College, and is responsible for strategic leadership, effective management and community building in academic affairs. Dr. Wilson will lead and manage all aspects of student learning and assessment, curriculum development and assessment, and faculty development and assessment, for all of the institution’s programs, certificates and degree areas. She will also oversee enrollment management, academic success and persistence offices, library services, research, grants and assessment, and grant-funded programs. She will serve as the second officer of the College, reporting directly to Medaille College President Kenneth M. Macur, Ph.D.

“I am thrilled to join the Medaille community as vice president for academic affairs,” says Dr. Wilson. “Clearly, the College transforms the lives of its students, and I look forward to collaborating with my new colleagues to build on the strong traditions of excellence they have established.”

Kenya Hobbs

Medaille College has also promoted Kenya K. Hobbs to vice president for diversity, equity & inclusion. In this role, Hobbs will lead in developing, coordinating and strategizing with internal and external stakeholders to design, implement and assess a comprehensive strategy for institutional transformation. He will oversee the development of new policies, initiatives and programs across several departments, divisions and units of the College.

“It brings me great joy to join the leadership team in serving to advance the mission of the College,” says Hobbs. “I am excited to work with my colleagues to continue to develop an environment that promotes a sense of belonging, invests in diversity and implements equitable practices in all that we do.”

Both Hobbs and Dr. Wilson will serve as members of the President’s Cabinet. 

“We are fortunate to have both of these talented and experienced individuals joining our senior leadership team,” says Dr. Macur. “The entire Medaille community will benefit from their vision and direction, as we strive to become a leader in providing inspiration and opportunity by supporting academic development, positive personal transformation and a strong sense of civic-mindedness.”

Prior to joining Medaille, Dr. Wilson served for over three years as the provost and vice president for academic and student affairs at Dickinson State University in North Dakota. Earlier in her career, she was the campus executive officer and dean of the University of Wisconsin-Rock County in Janesville, Wisconsin. 

Dr. Wilson holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Iowa State University. She began her career as a psychology instructor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, eventually achieving the rank of a tenured full professor and moving up to leadership roles including chief of staff and affirmative action officer. 

In addition to expanding diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at the College, Hobbs serves as the Title IX coordinator and co-director of the Honors Program. He also serves as the founding chair of the President’s Advisory Council on Diversity Equity and Inclusion, as well as co-chair of the Minority Faculty and Staff Council at Medaille.

Hobbs is a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) through the National Diversity Council, is certified in conflict resolution from Cornell University, and is certified in standards of professional practice for chief diversity officers from the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. He is also an honored member of the 2020 Class of Black Achiever awardees. 

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