SRU names Mitchell special assistant to the president


July 21, 2020

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Slippery Rock University President Bill Behre has announced that Terrence Mitchell has been named as a special assistant to the president for diversity and inclusion. Beginning Aug. 10, SRU will be sharing Mitchell with Edinboro University, where he works as EU's chief diversity and inclusion officer.

Through this partnership with EU, Mitchell will be working part time at SRU in helping to strengthen the University's strategic diversity planning; to assure the success of all students; and managing SRU's efforts in creating a more inclusive environment for all students and employees. He will also be serving as a resource to relevant presidential commissions in order to enhance, facilitate and coordinate University diversity efforts.

Terrence Mitchell


Prior to his arrival in the State System, Mitchell was chief diversity officer at the State University of New York at Oneonta, where he led the development of the college's first strategic diversity and inclusion plan and helped to increase participation in the annual Student Diversity and Leadership Conference. During his tenure, SUNY Oneonta was twice awarded the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, a national honor bestowed upon institutions that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Prior to joining SUNY Oneonta, Mitchell spent 12 years at Allegheny College in Meadville, where he served in various roles, including director of diversity affairs, associate dean of students and assistant to the president for institutional diversity. Earlier in his career, he served as director of San Francisco State University's Student Activities Office and as associate director of student support services at the University of Oklahoma.

He earned bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Central Oklahoma and a Ph.D. in Administration and Leadership Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where his doctoral research focused on engagement of professionals who work in diversity-related roles in higher education.

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