Following a highly competitive search process, Clinton Beckford will begin a five-year appointment as vice-president, people, equity, and inclusion, effective July 1.
Reporting to the president, Dr. Beckford will be the University’s leader in executing a progressive approach to supporting people and cultures, empowering faculty, staff, and student efforts to advance the University’s commitment to cultivate an equitable, inclusive, respectful, and healthy campus environment and organizational culture.
Formerly a dean, associate dean, and professor in the Faculty of Education, Beckford took on the role of vice-president, equity, diversity, and inclusion in June 2021 on an interim basis while the University worked towards a Senate-governed leadership role at the vice-president level.
In January of this year, the position title was updated to “Vice-President, People, Equity, and Inclusion” to better reflect the leadership portfolio. A refreshed VP PEI website will launch on July 3 in recognition of the title change.
“Dr. Beckford brings extensive experience, expertise, and institutional knowledge to the EDI portfolio,” said president Robert Gordon. “I look forward to continuing to work closely with Dr. Beckford as he settles into the position.”
Beckford said he is also looking forward to the continuation as the University becomes a more inclusive, safe, and welcoming campus.
“I am honoured to be given this opportunity to serve the university and broader community,” said Beckford. “This is a watershed moment for us as we seek to build on the gains we have made, especially over the last three years or so, to be a more inclusive and just place to learn and work. I am excited by what we could be and looking forward to working together to make it happen.”