Three Women Who Have Been Appointed to Leadership Positions in Higher Education Relating to Diversity

Anju Reejhsinghani is the inaugural vice chancellor for diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She was the assistant vice provost for strategic diversity, equity, and inclusion administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously she was the executive director of the Institute for Regional and International Studies at the University of Wisconsin. Earlier, she was a tenured associate professor in the department of history and international studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Dr. Reejhsinghani is a graduate of Princeton University in New Jersey, where she majored in history. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas at Austin.

Karin Lee has been appointed deputy director of athletics at the University of Alabama. She will hold the designations of senior woman administrator and chief diversity officer. She was the deputy athletics director and senior woman administrator at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Dr. Lee is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She holds a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. from Capella University.

Kathy Goodridge-Purnell is the new senior advisor to the president on diversity and strategic planning at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee. She was the chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer at Pacific Union College in Angwin, California.

A native of West London in England, Dr. Goodridge-Purnell holds a master of social work degree from Alabama A&M University and a master’s degree in instructional design/online technology. She earned an educational doctorate from Capella University.


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