Archive for Wednesday, June 29, 2011

KU names Fred Rodriguez as new vice provost for diversity

June 29, 2011


Kansas University has named longtime administrator and educator Fred Rodriguez to the newly created position of vice provost for diversity and equity.

Rodriguez had already been serving in a similar role since 2009 as interim associate vice provost for diversity and equity.

“We’re excited to elevate the status of this position, and we couldn’t ask for a better person to assume the role than Fred,” said Provost Jeff Vitter in a statement. “We look forward to Fred’s continued leadership and expertise in making KU a more diverse and inclusive community.”

Rodriguez will earn $175,000 annually in his new role. Rodriguez said the position is mainly focused on diversity on the faculty and staff levels but could soon branch out to include efforts on the student level as well.

He will be tasked with fostering a supportive university environment for inclusiveness and diversity, coordination of diversity and multicultural initiatives and developing evaluation methods and implementing systems of accountability to promote diversity plans and programs.

“I know what the position entails, and it’s kind of fun to think about the difference we can all make on campus to make things more inclusive for everyone,” he said.

Rodriguez, an associate professor in the School of Education’s department of curriculum and teaching, serves as the director of KU’s Multicultural Scholars Program and the Professional Development Schools Alliance.

He has served in the past as director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and as interim education dean.


jhawk926 6 years, 10 months ago

Very deserving to a great man. Easily one of my favorite professors while at KU.

Lawrence Morgan 6 years, 10 months ago

I would be interested in seeing what this man has accomplished, in writing, over the past years, before naming someone to this position. Other people from this and other universities should also have been considered, with their list of accomplishments. This is too important of a position. Being a professor is nothing. How many times has he been - and not in university settings - in diverse communities in Lawrence, Kansas City and other cities? What about linking up everyday people with the university? What are his feelings on all these matters which are so important today?

misterx 6 years, 10 months ago

"Diversity" is just liberal code for "anybody but a white guy." Instead of hiring the best and brightest, far too many institutions and companies hire by color and gender. KU is huge on diversity and why I won't send them a dime.

Dan Thalmann 6 years, 10 months ago

With the exception being KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. She was obviously the highest qualified prospect available and has done amazing, amazing things for the university during her tenure here...

RiverCityConservative 6 years, 10 months ago

Dr. Fred Rodriguez has had a wonderful effect on the educational environment at the University of Kansas since he arrived in the early 80s, I think it was. I took his class on multicultural education, in which the textbook was the latest draft of one of his early works on this important subject. It was one of the best learning experiences I ever had, and continues to be relevant to everything I do and care about today. I have the deepest respect for the positive contribution that Professor Rodriguez had made at the University of Kansas and in the State of Kansas. I applaud K.U.'s decision to name him as the new vice-provost of diversity. Well done.

Cindy Yulich 6 years, 10 months ago

Great choice for the University and our community.

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