U has second batch of diversity VP candidates

Both candidates are women in similar leadership positions at other colleges.

by Cody Nelson

The University of Minnesota announced two finalists Tuesday for the position of vice president for equity and diversity after extending the search in June.

Katrice A. Albert and Karen L. Dace have both worked with diversity programs at major universities in the U.S.

Albert is the vice provost for equity, diversity and community outreach at Louisiana State University.

Dace works at the University of Missouri-Kansas City as the deputy chancellor for the division of diversity, access and equity.

The University selected three finalists for the position last spring, but after public interviews, Robert Jones, senior vice president for academic administration, announced the search committee had not found the right person.

Jones said in a release that the search would continue and that he and President Eric Kaler thought more time was needed to find a suitable candidate.

A public interview process for the two new finalists will begin next week in Room 3-180 of Keller Hall. The interviews will include a public forum and will be streamed online.

Albert’s interview will be at 3 p.m. on Oct. 31 and Dace’s will be at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 1.