Carolyn Lanier Announces Resignation

For nearly three years, Carolyn Lanier has provided leadership and dedication to the University through her role as chief of staff and vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion.

Please read more in the following message from President Gershen.  


Dear NEOMED Community:

After nearly three years of providing leadership to the University, I am sad to announce that effective September 30, 2018, Carolyn Lanier will be leaving NEOMED. Carolyn is returning to the metro DC area to pursue other opportunities.

In 2016, Carolyn joined NEOMED as the chief of staff and vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion.  As chief of staff, Carolyn provided leadership and management of presidential initiatives and special projects while advising, consulting and working on behalf of the president.  In her role as vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, she led and collaborated with internal and external stakeholders to implement the University’s strategic plan for diversity.  In addition, she identified opportunities to enhance the University’s efforts to recruit and retain a diverse community of successful students, faculty and staff while leading and supporting diversity-building programs across campus. 

Prior to NEOMED, Carolyn was the chief diversity officer and associate vice president at Western Connecticut State University located in Danbury, CT.  Carolyn’s 22 plus years of experience included eight years as human resources manager at the Seattle and King County Department of Public Health and a year spent in war-torn Eastern Africa where she served with Global Ministries, managing refugee relief efforts after the civil war in Rwanda.

It has been a wonderful opportunity working with such a professional and dedicated person and we wish Carolyn all the best in her next endeavor.  A reception in the atrium outside of the Grand Ballroom will take place from 4-5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, with a brief program beginning at 4:45 p.m.  We hope you are able to join us.


Jay A. Gershen


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