Don C. Sawyer III appointed associate vice president and chief diversity officer

Don C. Sawyer III sits in a chair in the lobby of the Center for Communications and Engineering.

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on C. Sawyer III has been appointed associate vice president and chief diversity officer effective May 15. Sawyer has been serving as interim associate vice president and chief diversity officer since January.

In his new role, he will be responsible for coordinating efforts to advance diversity and inclusion initiatives in support of the university’s core value of a strong sense of community. He also will lead efforts to support a campus climate that is welcoming and supportive of all members and coordinate diversity-oriented programs and initiatives, including the review, updating and implementation of the university’s strategic plan for diversity and inclusion.

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“Don is the ideal candidate for this position,” said Mark Thompson, executive vice president and provost. “He knows Quinnipiac well and has forged strong relationships with students, faculty, administrators and staff across our three campuses. During his time here, he has worked with multiple groups to find solutions to complicated issues and strived to create an environment that leads to our recruiting, retaining and graduating civically engaged students.”