Vice Provost for Educational Equity
Dr. Marcus A. Whitehurst
Dr. Marcus A. Whitehurst is the vice provost for Educational Equity at The Pennsylvania State University. As vice provost, he oversees 13 units with 75 staff members and works collaboratively with a number of offices both within and outside the University, with a goal of ensuring equal opportunity for a diverse body of students, faculty, and staff at all Penn State campuses. In addition to ensuring support for staff, undergraduate and graduate students, and several University commissions, as vice provost he works closely with the University Faculty Senate and individual faculty members to promote research, international exchanges, and partnerships.
In other University service, Whitehurst chairs the Administrative Council on Multicultural Affairs (ACMA) and the Campus Environment Team (CET), and serves on President’s Council. He collaborates with the three President’s Commissions for Equity: the Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Equity; the Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity; and the Commission for Women. Previously, Whitehurst chaired the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Planning Committee, collaborated on the University’s A Framework to Foster Diversity at Penn State: 2010–15, a five-year plan to continue to build a diverse and equitable institution, and oversaw the Educational Equity Endowment Scholarship Committee.
Before becoming vice provost, he served in several capacities at Penn State, including assistant vice provost for Educational Equity from 2007–2015 and as director of the Multicultural Resource Center from 1998–2007. He also served as acting diversity advocate, overseeing University initiatives to improve the campus climate, and as a liaison for individuals reporting an incident of intolerance.
Whitehurst holds a Ph.D. in educational theory and policy and an M.Ed. in higher education administration from Penn State, and an M.A. and a B.A. from Binghamton University, The State University of New York. He has completed several post-doctoral training programs and taught courses in African and African American Studies and Language and Literacy Studies.
Displaying an unending passion for the work he does, Whitehurst notes: “[i]t is certainly an honor and privilege to serve as Penn State's vice provost for Educational Equity. I truly believe in our office’s mission as we work toward creating a more welcoming and inclusive environment for our students, faculty, and staff. Penn State consistently maintains a strong commitment to academic excellence, and when we combine academic excellence with inclusive excellence, we are in a position to transform lives across the University. I’m grateful for the opportunity to lead these efforts.”
Marcus A. Whitehurst, Ph.D.
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