President Clements names interim chief diversity officer

August 24, 2015

Max Allen

Max Allen

Leadership for diversity and inclusive excellence initiatives is the focus of an announcement made today (Aug. 24) by Clemson University President James P. Clements.

Effectively immediately, Chief of Staff Max Allen will take on additional responsibilities as interim chief diversity officer (CDO) while a national search for a permanent CDO to replace Leon Wiles, who retired earlier this summer, continues.

“Max is a tremendous leader and a highly capable administrator who will bring stability and progressive leadership to our diversity efforts during this period of transition,” Clements said. “It’s important that our diversity and inclusive excellence initiatives continue to move forward in a strategic way. It is my strong desire for this effort to be directly connected to the president’s office as we develop a comprehensive plan to enhance inclusion throughout the campus.”

Clemson University is committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty, staff, students and the administration, while increasing our efforts to promote cultural awareness and ensuring that all members of the Clemson family are respected, appreciated and valued. An assessment of all existing diversity initiatives is underway to enhance coordination and effectiveness at the university. A Diversity Advisory Council that will advise President Clements on various diversity efforts will be announced soon.