Job Prospectus – VP of Inclusion:: The Opportunity

The Opportunity

The president of Texas A&M University-Commerce invites inquiries and nominations for the position of Vice President for Inclusion (VPI).

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Job Prospectus – VP of Inclusion:: University Overview

University Overview

A&M-Commerce is a proud member of The Texas A&M University System. Located just east of Dallas, A&M-Commerce offers 130 affordable degree programs and serves 11,624 students. The university transforms lives through its mission to “Educate. Discover. Achieve.”

Students work with world-class professors who dedicate themselves to excellence in teaching and research. The university maintains strong relationships with local industries to create relevant academic programs and valuable internship and networking opportunities that prepare career-ready graduates.

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Job Prospectus – VP of Inclusion:: Position Overview


A&M-Commerce seeks a thought leader and trusted partner to ensure a campus-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. This is an inaugural position and a unique opportunity to join the third-largest university in the A&M System (of 11 universities).

Reporting to the university president, Dr. Mark Rudin, the Vice President for Inclusion (VPI) is responsible for supporting the university’s mission as the senior diversity, equity and inclusion officer.

The VPI will:

  • Collaborate with all areas of the university to identify, evaluate and implement processes and strategies to create an inclusive university community that represents the diversity of Texas.
  • Provide vision and leadership to Student Disabilities Services and the Office of Veterans and Military Services. Help guide policies, identify resources and inspire action to ensure that the university’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is embodied in all aspects of the university.
  • Collaborate with senior university executives, deans, faculty, staff and students to develop and implement a comprehensive diversity, equity and inclusion strategic plan.
  • Partner with the Office of Intercultural Engagement and Leadership, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, and Director of Title IX on compliance matters and investigations.
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A&M Commerce campus from above.

Job Prospectus – VP of Inclusion:: Job Location

Job Location

The VPI will work on site at A&M-Commerce in Commerce, Texas. Occasionally, the VPI may work beyond regular office hours, including weekends. As a result, the VPI will be expected to reside within 45 miles of the A&M-Commerce campus in Commerce, Texas. Areas may include Commerce, Greenville, Sulphur Springs, Rockwall and Royse City, Texas.

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Job Prospectus – VP of Inclusion:: Key Responsibility

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the development of a strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusion across the institution.
  • Develop an infrastructure to assess and evaluate diversity, equity and inclusion strategies across campus and over time.
  • Serve as a thought leader and trusted partner for the university, ensuring a campus-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Advance the practice of assessment and evaluation to enable data-driven decision-making and continuous improvement.
  • Advocate for and generate resources supporting diversity, equity and inclusion efforts to impact recruitment and retention of faculty, staff and students.
  • Establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships among students, staff, faculty and administration.
  • Assess the campus climate and determine needs related to diversity, equity and inclusive excellence.
  • Serve on the president’s executive team and administrative council in addition to various university committees and councils.
  • Establish and enhance collaborative relationships with the city of Commerce and other off-campus entities and alumni in support of the university.
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Job Prospectus – VP of Inclusion:: Professional Education, Qualifications and Experiences

Professional Education, Qualifications and Experience

The ideal candidate will possess the following required skills and experience

  • A terminal degree in a relevant field with eight (8) years of director-level professional work experience.
  • Five (5) years managerial responsibility for developing, implementing and assessing metrics.
  • Knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion best practices and policies, and Title III, Title VI, Title VII, Title IX and other federal legislation concerning equity.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, writing skills and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment.
  • Ability to effectively supervise and motivate personnel.

A&M-Commerce also prefers a leader with the following skills and experience

  • Understanding of the lived experiences of diverse student, faculty and staff populations in higher education or similar setting.
  • Track record of and deep commitment to developing effective diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives for faculty, students and staff.
  • Strong organizational skills to effectively handle and direct multiple and complex assignments and projects.
  • Experience with affirmative action and equal opportunity regulations as well as diversity issues and initiatives grounded in social justice.
  • Adept at applying positive and proactive approaches to identifying problems and creating effective solutions.
  • Efficient and effective project manager and team leader.
  • Skilled at implementing technology as needed to improve work processes.
  • Appreciation of the mission of A&M-Commerce and a deep commitment to inclusion as part of the university’s public mission.
  • Skillful at facilitating inclusive dialogues that enable positive growth.
  • Strong, detail-oriented leader with the ability to efficiently and effectively manage complex and sensitive matters with cross-functional teams.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with an ability to listen, inspire and influence others.
  • Analytical skills and data-driven focus; ability to use data with deep knowledge of their contexts. Ability to leverage analytics to drive strategic planning and change management.
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Lion statue on campus.

Job Prospectus – VP of Inclusion:: About A&M-Commerce

About A&M-Commerce


A&M-Commerce provides a personal, accessible and affordable educational experience for a diverse community of learners. We engage in creative discovery and dissemination of knowledge and ideas for service, leadership and innovation in an interconnected and dynamic world. Our university’s driving mission is to “Educate. Discover. Achieve.


As a member of the A&M System family of universities, A&M-Commerce will:

  • Become the university of choice for all who seek higher education in the Northeast Texas region and beyond.
  • Provide traditional and non-traditional learning opportunities through new and existing programs that set high expectations and goals for students, faculty and staff.
  • Offer a sense of community through a nurturing environment for all individuals to maximize learning, career and personal development.
  • Become a place where students, faculty, staff and community are engaged in the pursuit of excellence.

A&M-Commerce strives to:

  • Transform lives by providing a relevant, personalized education to diverse learners.
  • Advance knowledge and pursue impactful research.
  • Serve an inclusive community where all are valued.
  • Foster collaboration to solve contemporary problems.

Foundational Principals

As the anchoring institution (university) of Northeast Texas, we maintain a commitment to be:

  • Transformative: Providing opportunities to achieve distinction.
  • Innovative: Establishing a campus environment with the freedom to explore, create and challenge tradition.
  • Inclusive: Ensuring a welcoming environment where all are respected.
  • Sustainable: Assuring the university has the necessary people, financial resources and facilities to serve future generations.

These principles endure even as our strategic priorities and goals evolve.


As mentioned above, inclusivity is one of the four foundational principles of the university’s 2019-2024 Strategic Plan. Our vision and mission are to serve an inclusive community where all are welcome, respected, safe and valued.

To create an inclusive community characterized by respect and collaboration, A&M-Commerce will:

  • Enhance civility and collegiality of administrators, faculty, staff and students.
  • Recruit, develop and retain diverse students, faculty, staff and administrators.
  • Create occasions for meaningful interactions across the university, including opportunities that enhance global awareness.

The university is fostering our commitment to inclusivity by:

  • Offering a diverse and culturally inclusive campus with increasing minority enrollment.
  • Providing excellent programs to attract students from various backgrounds. A&M-Commerce ranks in the top 10% by U.S. News and World Report for providing the best online bachelor’s program to attract diverse learners.
  • Developing scholarships and student success teams that support underserved minority populations.

Strategic Priorities and Goals

Student preparedness and employability

We will

  • Provide a transformative and experiential education that develops relevant, marketable skills.
  • Pursue innovative pedagogies and an engaging environment for learning.
  • Collaborate with external partners to increase student career readiness.

Elevate research

We will

  • Build infrastructure for research and creative activity.
  • Gain distinction as a high research activity institution by identifying and advancing targeted research initiatives.
  • Encourage interdisciplinary collaboration.

Align university initiatives to bolster our unique rural-urban identity

We will

  • Serve as the hub of educational opportunities for Northeast Texas.
  • Leverage the university’s assets for the economic, cultural and social benefit of the region.
  • Cultivate and strengthen partnerships that address regional needs.

Transform our operations to serve the mission of a contemporary university

We will

  • Increase organizational effectiveness by developing sound business practices that are intentional, collaborative and data-informed.
  • Diversify sources of funding and allocate resources strategically to promote innovation and effectiveness.
  • Invest in student recruitment, retention, graduation and continued engagement.

Create an inclusive community characterized by respect and collaboration

We will

  • Enhance civility and collegiality of administrators, faculty, staff and students.
  • Recruit, develop and retain diverse students, faculty, staff and administrators.
  • Create opportunities for meaningful interactions across campus.
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Dr. Mark Rudin, president of Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Job Prospectus – VP of Inclusion:: The President

President Mark J. Rudin

A progressive leader with a passion for innovation and research, Dr. Rudin is using his experience and expertise to grow A&M-Commerce into a leading teaching and research institution. He works from the belief that innovation is the key to transformation, and he encourages his colleagues to think outside the traditional “box” of higher education to find creative solutions to every challenge. With this mindset, he is helping move A&M-Commerce to the forefront of secondary education in Dallas-Fort Worth and the surrounding areas.

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Student smiling holding flags from different countries.

Job Prospectus – VP of Inclusion:: Facts and Stats


The Texas A&M University System Membership

  • A&M-Commerce joined the A&M System in 1996.
  • A&M-Commerce is the third-largest university in the A&M System (of 11 universities).



  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 20:1
  • Median class size: 24
  • Degree programs: 130+

Academic Highlights

  • A&M-Commerce is a leader in competency-based education. It is the nation’s first accredited institution to offer a competency-based bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
  • The university’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is a national stand-out, featuring one of the only programs where students grow experimental crops on the university’s 1,300-acre farm.
  • A&M-Commerce maintains a 130-year legacy as an exceptional teachers’ college, graduating more than 400 certified educators in 2019.
  • In 2020, the university opened the 113,470-square-foot Nursing and Health Sciences Building, featuring a state-of-the-art simulation hospital. The facility will help address the dire shortage of healthcare professionals in Texas.
  • The music department is highly sought by aspiring musicians and music educators. In 2021, A&M-Commerce received the All-Steinway School designation, bestowed by the prestigious Steinway&Sons piano company. The university is also the world’s first institution to receive a Spirio Technology designation.

Athletics and Student Life

  • The Lion Athletics program is an NCAA Division II powerhouse, excelling in 14 sports.
  • The university’s diverse student life experience includes a thriving Greek system and more than 140 student clubs and organizations.

Learning Sites

  • The main campus, located in the city of Commerce, features 2,094-acres.
  • Distance education offerings are located in Corsicana, Dallas, Frisco, McKinney, Mesquite, Bryan and online.
  • Dallas site relocation is effective November 1, 2021.

Student Demographics

  • Student gender distribution: 37.66% male and 62.34% female
  • Students enrolled from 170 counties, 39 states, 59 countries
  • First-generation undergraduates: 42%
  • Student veterans or active service members: 5.8%
  • Students who live off campus: 70%
  • Students who live in college-owned, operated or affiliated housing: 30%
  • Ethnicity of A&M-Commerce students in Fall 2019:
    • 43.72% White
    • 20.85% Hispanic
    • 18.98% Black
    • 6.11% Multiracial
    • 5.58% International
    • 2.56% Asian
    • 1.63% Unknown
    • 0.46% American Indian or Alaskan Native
    • 0.12% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander

Student Enrollment

  • Undergraduate enrollment: 8,062
  • Graduate enrollment: 3,562
  • Total enrollment: 11,624
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Job Prospectus – VP of Inclusion:: LEARN MORE ABOUT A&M-COMMERCE

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Job Prospectus – VP of Inclusion:: CITY OF COMMERCE, TEXAS


The city of Commerce is located in Northeast Texas, about 60 miles northeast of Dallas. With a population of 9,293, Commerce is a close-knit community of involved citizens. The city’s historic downtown features family-owned boutiques, a coffee shop and eateries.

Points of Interest

  • Commerce ISD
  • Cooper Lake State Park
  • Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Center at Commerce
  • Sand Hills Golf and Country Club
  • Bois d’Arc Bash
  • Northeast Texas Children’s Museum
  • 30+ restaurants
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Football stadium during a game.

Job Prospectus – VP of Inclusion:: PROCEDURE FOR CANDIDACY


All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged. A complete application will include a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile, CV or resume, and contact information for five professional references.

For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by July 26, 2021 via the university employment portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Mrs. Shirl Lee at [email protected].

This search will be conducted with respect for the confidentiality of candidates; references will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. While this position is open until filled, it is preferred that candidate submissions are submitted by July 26, 2021.

Information that cannot be sent electronically may be forwarded to:
Mrs. Shirl Lee
The Division of Enrollment Management
The Welcome Center -187A
P.O. Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429

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