Dr. LaVar Charleston has been appointed University of Wisconsin–Madison’s chief diversity officer, deputy vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion, vice provost, and Elzie Higginbottom Director of the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement (DDEEA).
Charleston will serve on senior leadership teams, including the Chancellor’s Executive Committee and the Provost Executive Group.
Charleston is currently the inaugural associate dean for equity, diversity and inclusion at UW–Madison’s School of Education, and clinical professor of higher ed in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. He earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the department.
Charleston earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Ball State University.