Dr. William Coleman Jr. Named Assistant to the President for Diversity at Mount Union College

April 06, 2010

Dr. William Coleman Jr., professor of communication at Mount Union College has been appointed to the newly-created position of assistant to the president for diversity.

In his new position, Coleman will work closely with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the Office of International Student Services to serve as an advocate for all minorities on campus.

Coleman will take on these new responsibilities in addition to maintaining half a class load in the Department of Communication.

Dr. Coleman has been a stalwart of diversity on this campus and he has been an advocate and actively involved with many student organizations and efforts, said Giese.In considering him for this position, he had the resounding support of the entire campus.

Coleman has many strategic objectives to extend diversity on the Mount Union campus.He plans to spend a great deal of his first year in the position talking with faculty and the Committee on Diversity to put together a more finalized plan.He also noted that in the beginning, the College will focus primarily on cultural diversity and then expand in other areas.

Some of his future goals include the creation of an international house, as well as establishing sister college relationships with other colleges from different cultures and countries and reestablishing ties with partner colleges in the far East.He also hopes to expand the Colleges Minority Internship Program to include a component for international students.Some of Colemans other intentions include the College offering more courses that combine American students and international students in a classroom setting.

For years we have had individual people working in areas of diversity on campus, but no one to coordinate the efforts, said Coleman.That's how I see as my role the coordinator who knows what is going on in all of the various areas.

We are making a lot of good moves and preparing to be better in the future, Coleman said. I am optimistic that, under the president's leadership, we are going to make progress and Mount Union will be a different place in terms of diversity in five years.

Coleman joined the staff at Mount Union College in 1979 after serving as assistant professor in the Department of Speech and Drama at the Newark campus of The Ohio State University.He has co-authored a book, The Rhetoric of Western Thought, and has published a number of articles in academic journals.

He earned bachelors and masters degrees in communication and a doctoral degree in rhetorical theory and criticism, all at The Ohio State University.He attended Crozer Theological Seminary in Philadelphia before earning his master of divinity degree in religion and theology in 1971 from Capital University.

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