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Vice Provost for Educational Equity

Dr. Marcus A. Whitehurst

Dr. Marcus A. Whitehurst assumed responsibilities as vice provost for Educational Equity effective September 1, 2015, following nearly twenty years of educational leadership. 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 locations. 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, and Transgender 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 Student Trustee Endowment Scholarship Committee.

Before becoming assistant vice provost in 2007, he served in several capacities at Penn State, including director of the Multicultural Resource Center for nearly a decade. He also has served as acting diversity advocate, overseeing University initiatives to improve the campus climate, and served as a liaison for anyone 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 a M.A. and an 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 faculty, staff and students. 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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