February 4, 2010
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WORCESTER, Mass. — Deborah L. Plummer, PhD, a psychologist whose lifelong work has been focused on diversity management, has been named Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Equal Opportunity at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). Dr. Plummer, who will join the medical school on February 22, brings her leadership and guidance to the medical school’s mission of primary care and underserved populations through support of an intellectual and work environment that values individuals with different ideas, experiences, beliefs and backgrounds.

“Dr. Plummer’s expertise in establishing a vision and providing leadership, strategic direction and coordination for a broad range of diversity and equal opportunity initiatives make her a tremendous addition to the University of Massachusetts Medical School and its belief that diversity is a fundamental part of our institutional excellence,” said Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD.

As Chief Diversity Officer at Cleveland Clinic from 2006 to 2009, Dr. Plummer oversaw and spearheaded numerous diversity initiatives including development of training modules and cultural competence education programs. She also collaborated with institute leaders, faculty and staff to increase the pool of underrepresented candidates for management and faculty positions. Prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Plummer was a professor of psychology at Cleveland State University, where she also served as the director of the university’s diversity management program. From 1988 to 2006, Dr. Plummer was the founder and president of D.L. Plummer & Associates, a diversity consulting firm. As principal consultant for the firm, she designed and conducted more than 100 diversity programs, leadership seminars, training programs, benchmark studies and strategic planning initiatives.

“I am thrilled to join the outstanding group of committed, dedicated professionals at UMass Medical School,” said Plummer. “I embrace the Medical School’s emphasis on primary care for underserved populations and its commitment to building a culturally competent healthcare workforce. I am excited to have an opportunity to serve in this capacity.”

Dr. Plummer received her PhD from Kent State University and has written extensively on diversity management strategy and execution, as well as diversity in the workplace. She is a licensed psychologist and a member of the American Institute for Managing Diversity.

The University of Massachusetts Medical School is comprised of the School of Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the Graduate School of Nursing and has more than 900 students, 2,680 full and part-time faculty and 6,800 employees.

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