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Ellis named Director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 07/15/08 • Media Contact: Susan Knapp • (603) 646-3661

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Evelynn Ellis
Evelynn Ellis

Dartmouth Provost Barry Scherr and Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity Holly Sateia today announced the appointment of Evelynn Ellis as the director of equal opportunity and affirmative action at Dartmouth. Ellis is currently the senior director of the office of graduate educational equity programs at the Pennsylvania State University. She will assume her new role at Dartmouth on September 1.

"Evelynn shares our commitment to diversity, and I know she will be an asset to our community," says Scherr. "We are so pleased to welcome Evelynn to Dartmouth."

At Penn State since 1985, Ellis has had positions of increasing responsibility. She worked for the office of student aid as the coordinator for recruitment and retention services, was an academic advisor and instructor at Penn State's College of Health and Human Services, and was the director of multicultural programs and assistant to the associate dean for outreach and cooperative extension at Penn State’s College of Arts and Architecture. In her current position as senior director of the office of graduate educational equity programs, Ellis has developed a strategic plan to attract students of color to Penn State’s graduate programs.

"I’m excited to bring my expertise to Dartmouth," says Ellis. "Dartmouth has many attributes to promote to potential faculty and staff – the location, its top-notch facilities, the academically strong student body, the collegial and interdisciplinary spirit. I know that maintaining a diverse community is important to Dartmouth, and I’m happy to be able to contribute to this effort."

Ellis participates on the reader board of Higher Education in Review, and she served on the board of directors for the Centre Volunteers in Medicine. She actively contributes to Penn State campus committees, such as chairing the subcommittee studying the Penn State Campaign, Academic Council for Multicultural Affairs, and being a member of the Research and Graduate School Diversity Council and of the Committee on Graduate Student and Faculty Issues. She has received funding from the National Science Foundation for developing recruitment and retention strategies, increasing faculty participation in diversity efforts, and recruitment of underrepresented groups into academic positions. She has also presented papers at national higher education conferences.

"Evelynn brings many years' experience to Dartmouth," says Sateia. "Her knowledge of equal opportunity and affirmative action guidelines and statutes, experience in resolving conflicts, and expertise in advancing diversity initiatives in higher education will certainly be beneficial in our efforts to recruit and retain faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds."

Ellis earned her B.A. at Concordia College. She has a master's degree in music performance and a doctorate in higher education administration from Penn State. Ellis also teaches clarinet and performs at recitals for Penn State’s College of Arts and Architecture.

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