OSU Appoints Interim Chief Diversity Officer

Scott Vignos, previously the assistant vice president for strategic diversity initiatives in Oregon State University’s Office of Institutional Diversity, has been named the university’s interim Chief Diversity Officer.  

This comes after the departure of the former chief diversity officer, Charlene Alexander. Alexander accepted a job officer from Ball State University, to serve as its chief strategy officer.  

“These conversations provided invaluable input regarding priorities for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion within OSU and addressing systemic racism in the university community,” OSU’s interim president, Becky Johnson, said in a press release. “It was clear that Scott, with his enduring passion for justice through action, is ideally suited to take on this position.” 

Vignos started at OSU in October 2015 and served as director of strategic initiatives in the Office of Institutional Diversity until 2019, when he took on the role of assistant vice president of the office. Before arriving at OSU, Vignos practiced law in San Francisco at an international law firm and maintained a wide-ranging pro bono practice representing clients seeking asylum in the United States. Vignos has also served on various university task forces, including the steering committee for the Association of Faculty and Staff for the Advancement of People of Color. Vignos currently serves on the city of Corvallis Community Involvement and Diversity Advisory Board. 

“I am deeply grateful to Interim President Johnson and the OSU community for placing their trust in me as we continue the vital work of creating a more equitable and just Oregon State University,” said Vignos. “I look forward to nurturing existing relationships, and cultivating new ones, as the Office of Institutional Diversity works in partnership to support the many incredible efforts underway across the university to advance inclusive excellence.” 

Vignos will start in his new position on Sept. 20, while OSU will commence a national search for a permanent replacement immediately.  

By Millicent Durand 

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