On May 19, the University of Michigan (U-M) Board of Regents approved the appointment of Dr. Tabbye Chavous as the next vice provost for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer. The appointment begins on August 1, 2022.

Since 2016, Dr. Chavous has directed the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) and brought to us not only a distinguished record of scholarly achievement, but also deep administrative experience, always with an eye and focus on transforming diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work at U-M and beyond. Her work in this regard was critical for the NCID, especially during tumultuous times in our nation where we have seen challenges to foundational DEI principles and truths that are core to our democracy. During these times in particular, diversity scholars and their scholarship were often on the front lines of defending DEI principles in higher education and society.

Under Dr. Chavous' leadership, the NCID transitioned to U-M’s College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA) and focused its efforts on the important work of catalyzing, supporting, and promoting DEI scholarship by building, connecting, and mobilizing scholarly communities for social change. The NCID also made significant advances in its unique work with scholars and leaders at U-M and beyond to catalyze and support innovative multi- and interdisciplinary scholarly projects that support the development of innovative evidence-based approaches that advance equity and inclusion in higher education and society.

Dr. Chavous has provided visionary leadership to a number of initiatives in LSA, the broader U-M community, and nationally, including:

It goes without saying that Dr. Chavous’ leadership of NCID for the past six year has truly been transformational. We congratulate Dr. Chavous on her appointment as the U-M’s vice provost for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer and eagerly anticipate the transformative impact she will have in this new leadership role!

For more information on her appointment, read the University Record announcement.