January 30, 2013
TO: Deans, Department Heads and Directors
FROM: President Santa J. Ono
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Bleuzette Marshall as Interim Chief Diversity Officer, effective Feb. 6, 2013. A University of Cincinnati alumna, Bleuzette has worked at UC and the UC Foundation for nearly 21 years, starting in Ethnic Programs and Services and at the African American Cultural and Resource Center, and most recently in development at the UC Foundation. Since 2004, her work at the Foundation has taken her from Director of Development to Senior Director of Development. Since the inception of the position of Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) in 2007, she has assisted the CDO and the President's Diversity Council.
As a respected member of the UC administration with over two decades of experience in advancement, alumni affairs, diversity and inclusion, facilitation, organizational development, project management, student affairs and teaching, Bleuzette has gained an awareness of UC culture that will be essential in moving our university forward as we continue to implement the Diversity Plan and build upon the accomplishments of the university's first CDO, Mitchel Livingston, who retired at the end of 2012. Bleuzette has led several successful fundraising initiatives benefiting the Darwin T. Turner Scholars Program, developed an affinity-based giving program for African American alumni, and served as a key organizer of the Onyx & Ruby Gala - a formal recognition ceremony honoring distinguished alumni of color. She also developed a system of accountability to enhance diversity and inclusiveness practices throughout the university, designed and co-chaired the university-wide diversity conference for three years, and conducted and analyzed a university-wide diversity assessment.
Bleuzette holds three degrees from UC, including a BA in psychology (1992), a Master of Education (2001) and PhD in educational studies (2009).
Louis Bilionis, Dean of the College of Law and former chair of the Diversity Council, will chair a national search for a permanent CDO at the beginning of the 2013-14 academic year. This position will continue to report to the President and serve on the President's Cabinet, but is now separate from the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services.