New post at IU Bloomington to focus on student diversity

Free Press Report

BLOOMINGTON, IN - Martin McCrory, an award-winning teacher on the faculty of the Kelley School of Business and chair of its Undergraduate Honors Program, has been appointed associate vice president for diversity, equity and multicultural affairs and vice provost for educational inclusion and diversity at Indiana University Bloomington.

Edwin C. Marshall, vice president for diversity, equity and multicultural affairs, and Lauren Robel, provost and executive vice president, announced the appointment today.

"I am delighted that Professor McCrory will bring his intellect and passion for the undergraduate student experience to this important mission," Robel said. "He has excelled at promoting the recruitment, retention and academic excellence of the students with whom he has worked at Kelley, and he will bring that same warmth and knowledge to the campus level. He is widely admired for the care, counseling and creativity he brings to his interactions with students, and he has consistently demonstrated that mentoring students is his first priority."

"In his new position, he will have broad responsibility for inclusion and diversity within the Bloomington student body, and primary responsibility for undergraduate programs including the Hudson and Holland Scholars Program, the Groups Program and the 21st Century Scholars Program," Robel added. "I look forward to working with him."

"Professor McCrory's appointment reflects the high priority that Indiana University places on meeting the needs of underrepresented students," Marshall said. "His experience as chair of the Kelley School of Business undergraduate honors program will be particularly constructive to advancing initiatives in support of Hudson and Holland, Groups and 21st Century Scholars. The joint appointment will allow him to work closely with the Office of the Provost to further strengthen the focus of these programs on the Bloomington campus."

"I am honored by the trust that is being placed in me, and I look forward to the opportunity to further serve the university," McCrory said. "I have personally experienced the roles of minority undergraduate student, graduate student and faculty member on this campus. This gives me a first-hand, holistic perspective in relation to diversity and inclusiveness. I will draw on my experience and actively seek input from students, faculty and staff."

McCrory's selection for the new vice provost and associate vice president position reflects his recognition for teaching excellence and commitment to undergraduate education. He received the 2000 Junior Faculty Award of Excellence from the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, awarded to only one faculty member in the U.S. He has received over two dozen IU teaching awards, including the Student Choice Award for Outstanding Faculty, the Kelley School's Schuyler F. Otteson Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award, the Kelley Senior Class Award for Outstanding Teaching and Positive Impact, the Alpha Kappa Psi Teacher's Excellence Award, the MBA Teaching Excellence Award, the Harry Sauvain Teaching Award, the IU Student Association Jimmy Ross Award, the Brown Derby Award and the Trustees Teaching Award.

The new position reflects the commitment of the university and campus to attract, support and retain students from minority groups that have been underrepresented in higher education. Other recent campus commitments have included a $1.9 million increase in funding for the highly successful Hudson and Holland Scholars Program, which has doubled the number of students it has accepted since 2010, and $300,000 for study-abroad experiences in programs that serve minority students.

This summer, IU will launch the Balfour Scholars Program, which will bring 150 Indiana high school students from underrepresented minority groups to the Bloomington campus. The summer program will help students prepare and apply for college and consider potential careers. For students who go on to attend IU Bloomington, the program will provide support extending throughout their college education.

McCrory's appointment as associate vice president for diversity, equity and multicultural affairs and vice provost for educational inclusion and diversity will be effective immediately subject to the approval of the Indiana University Board of Trustees.

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