Vol. 12 No. 2 - February, 2010

Associate vice chancellor for diversity and equal opportunity appointed

Deborah L. Plummer, PhD

Deborah L. Plummer, PhD, has been appointed associate vice chancellor for diversity and equal opportunity. In her new role, Dr. Plummer will lead the Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office and guide its mission to support an intellectual and work environment that values individuals with different ideas, experiences, beliefs and backgrounds. She will oversee and implement programs of inclusion, diversity and compliance, the Americans with Disabilities Act, affirmative action and equal opportunity. She will be starting on Feb. 22.

From 2006 to 2009, Plummer was the chief diversity officer at the Cleveland Clinic—a multi-cultural academic medical center with more than 2,000 physicians and scientists and 39,000 employees—where she oversaw and spearheaded numerous diversity initiatives, including development of training modules and cultural competence education programs. During her time at Cleveland Clinic, Plummer collaborated with institute leaders, faculty and staff to increase the pool of underrepresented candidates for management and faculty positions.

Prior to her work at the Cleveland Clinic, Plummer was a professor of psychology at Cleveland State University and served as the director of the university’s diversity management program. She founded and was president of D.L. Plummer & Associates, a diversity consulting firm, from 1988 to 2006. As principal consultant for the firm, Plummer designed and conducted more than 100 diversity programs, leadership seminars, training programs, benchmark studies and strategic planning initiatives. She 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.