Elmhurst University announced in a press release that Bruce King, current associate vice chancellor for racial equity at City Colleges of Chicago, will be the new VP of DEI at EU on Oct. 25.
“I was impressed by the depth and breadth of Bruce’s experience in diversity, equity and inclusion work,” said President Troy VanAken in the press release. “His core belief in the ability of higher education to provide transformative opportunities and experiences to students will make him an excellent fit for our campus.”
The decision comes after the final four candidates for the position spoke at open forums with members of the EU community. According to VanAken, King was given the highest rating by campus members in attendance.
“During the search process, members of the campus community who attended open forums with each finalist gave Bruce the highest ratings. He also was the finalist that the search committee recommended,” said VanAken in an email to campus.
King has gathered 36 years of experience in higher education. According to the press release, he has worked at several colleges and universities including St. Olaf College, University of South Dakota, Carleton College, Lake Forest College, Wesleyan University, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and Hope College.
At the open interview sessions, King spoke about his desire to work at EU due to its smaller size, and more intimate environment. “There’s something about a private, liberal arts college where it’s small enough that you can put your whole arms around it, and see the change you want to be,” said King at the open interview session.
King will be starting his new position in January 2022.