Georgia Southern Appoints Dominique A. Quarles as Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence and Chief Diversity Officer

Dominique A. Quarles, Ph.D.

After a nationwide search, Georgia Southern University has hired alumnus Dominique A. Quarles, Ph.D., to be its next Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence and Chief Diversity Officer.

Quarles comes to Georgia Southern from Mississippi State University where he serves as assistant vice president for access, diversity and inclusion. In this role, he leads the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center, and the learning and strategic initiatives portfolio on behalf of the Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer. He is also an adjunct member of the doctoral faculty. in the Educational Leadership Program (Higher Education).

He will begin August 1, 2022 and serve as a critical member of the President’s Cabinet as we continue to prioritize inclusive excellence as a strategic pillar and core value at Georgia Southern University. He has experience in large-scale initiatives, securing funding for special programs and projects, and collaborating across institutional divisions to maximize the impact of diversity, equity and diversity work. inclusion on university campuses.

“Dr. Quarles’ journey has expertly prepared him to return to Georgia Southern to continue our journey toward inclusive excellence,” said Georgia Southern President Kyle Marrero. Dr. Damon Williams’ first visit to the university in 2018 to improve South Georgia’s climate and sense of community for all students, faculty, and staff Dr. Quarles will build on the framework we created when we developed our Inclusive Excellence Action Plan.

Quarles holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in education. in higher education, both from Georgia Southern University. He obtained a doctorate. in Higher Education from the Louise McBee Institute of Higher Learning at the University of Georgia.

He previously served the University of Georgia as Director of Diversity and Inclusion, where he reported to the University’s Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Strategic Initiatives. He also served Georgia Southern University as Associate Director of Educational Opportunity Programs and as Special Assistant to the Vice President.

“We would like to thank Dr. Patrice Jackson for leading us as Acting Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer over the past year, and the Search Committee for their successful efforts in identifying successful candidates. highly skilled.” says Marrero. “We are committed to the ongoing long-term goal of inclusive excellence at Georgia Southern which supports the central pillar of the university’s strategic plan. We are confident that Dr. Quarles will be an effective leader in this journey of continuous improvement.

Quarles said he looked forward to returning to his alma mater.

“I am thrilled to join Georgia Southern and have the opportunity to directly enhance the experiences of faculty, staff, students and alumni at an institution that means so much to me,” Quarles said. “I look forward to working alongside committed colleagues to build on the foundation of inclusive excellence and positively impact the South Georgia community.”



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