Alexander Tapped to Lead UNC’s Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

Hearty congratulations to Dr. Rumay Alexander, the SON’s Director of Inclusive Excellence, who will become Carolina’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion effective August 1.

The formal announcement was made yesterday by Vice Chancellor Felicia Washington and reads as follows:

Dear Carolina Community:

I am pleased to share with you that effective Aug. 1, Dr. G. Rumay Alexander will be filling the vacant position of Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion following a University-wide search. Rumay’s leadership in diversity and inclusion at UNC-Chapel Hill is well-known across campus.

Rumay has been serving as Special Assistant to the Chancellor since January 2016 and as Interim Chief Diversity Officer since July 2016. She is also the chair of the Faculty Committee on Community and Diversity. Rumay joined the UNC School of Nursing in 2003. Her nursing career spans more than 21 years in the areas of public policy, advocacy, teaching, and health careers development with an emphasis on cultural diversity. In addition to her faculty position, Rumay has held a secondary appointment as director of the Office of Inclusive Excellence in the School of Nursing for 13 years, and she has also provided leadership and resources in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and the School of Dentistry. Rumay’s compelling record of advocacy for equity and inclusion and demonstrated record of implementing transformative inclusion practices is also recognized nationally, as she is president-elect of the National League for Nursing.

I’d like to thank the members of the search committee for their work: Committee Chair Winston Crisp, vice chancellor for student affairs; Fouad Abd-El-Khalick, dean of the School of Education; Martina Ballen, senior associate athletic director; and Vin Steponaitis, professor of anthropology and archeology and secretary of the faculty.

I am excited about what lies ahead for diversity and inclusion at Carolina and Rumay’s leadership, as we continue to cultivate an environment worthy of our great public research university.


Felicia A. Washington
Vice Chancellor for Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement

We are thrilled for this opportunity for Rumay, and for the University to have the ongoing benefit of her leadership.

Congratulations, Dr. Alexander!