The University of Olivet is pleased to announce the appointment of Linda Logan, Ph.D., to vice president and chief inclusion officer. In this role, Dr. Logan will lead efforts in sustaining a diverse and inclusive college community. She will focus on working together with all constituents toward the shared vision of inclusive excellence as The University of Olivet continues to build on a vibrant environment where all will thrive in the years ahead.
“The University of Olivet has long been committed to inclusion, diversity and social justice since its founding in 1844 as the first college in Michigan to admit women and persons of color on a co-equal basis with white men. More recently, the college has advanced its commitments to inclusion and diversity in a variety of ways,” said President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D. “Appointing an experienced and committed senior officer specifically dedicated to helping us advance these values is an important next step in our journey together, and I’m pleased Dr. Logan has accepted the challenge.”
Dr. Logan has served The University of Olivet for more than 20 years, first joining the faculty as director of the criminal justice program and assistant professor of sociology and anthropology. In 2001, she transitioned to chair of the Social Science Department while maintaining her role of assistant professor. Most recently, Dr. Logan held the position of vice president and dean of student life. In addition, she served as professor of sociology and will continue to do so alongside her new role. She has decades of experience in counseling, research, conflict resolution, wellness program development, teaching and higher education leadership, paired with a passion for relationship building and mentorship.
“I look forward to working with the campus community to create a diversity inclusion map,” Dr. Logan said. “A diversity inclusion map will allow us to identify and assess campus wide diversity and inclusion efforts as well as highlight our levels of implementation and engagement. Historically, as per our mission, diversity is one of the cornerstones of our institution. The mapping process will provide a scorecard to assist us as we plan for the future. Helping the campus to establish protocol of educating and engaging our community in the area of diversity and inclusion is very exciting.”
Dr. Logan’s responsibilities include education, training, engaging in research, assisting in selecting talent and implementing programs that promote inclusion, diversity, equity, access and opportunity.
Dr. Logan holds a doctorate in family and child ecology from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in counseling and guidance from Central Michigan University, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Saginaw Valley State University.