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Jeanne Arnold to Grand Valley State University
November 6, 2007, Volume 54, No. 11

Dr. Jeanne Arnold has resigned her position as Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs effective December 7 to become the inaugural Vice President for Inclusion and Equity at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Michigan. GVSU is one of the first regional four-year public universities to hire a person at this senior leadership level.

“During a distinguished 12-year career at Penn, first as Director of the African American Resource Center and now as the Executive Director of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Jeanne has played a key role in strengthening Penn’s efforts to become a more welcoming and supportive environment for all members of our community. She has played a pivotal role in shaping and implementing strategies for creating an ever more supportive learning and working environment,” said Joann Mitchell, vice president of institutional affairs.

Dr. Arnold also has been “generous in lending her time and wisdom to others as a member of the advisory boards for the Penn Women’s Center, the Division of Public Safety, and the African American Resource Center,” Ms. Mitchell added.

Dr. Arnold has worked closely with the University’s Economic Inclusion Committee and the Steering Committee that plans the year-long Women of Color at Penn celebration. She also served as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Social Policy and Practice. She has been active in the Penn Professional Women’s Network, formerly AFWA (Association of Women Faculty and Administrators) and the Faculty Club (now University Club) Board of Governors, serving as secretary in 2002. Dr. Arnold also serves on the boards of the Association of Black Women in Higher Education, Episcopal Community Services, and St. Mary’s Family Respite Center.

“Penn has benefited in countless ways from Jeanne’s experience and expertise as a social worker and educator. Jeanne has dedicated her talent, energy, and commitment to affirmative action, diversity, equity, and inclusion to helping move Penn closer to achieving its aims in these important areas,” Ms. Mitchell added.

A search for a new executive director will begin immediately. 



Almanac - November 6, 2007, Volume 54, No. 11