Hamilton College Appoints First Vice President of DEI
CLINTON – Hamilton College has announced that Sean Bennett will serve as the college’s senior vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion. Most recently, working in a similar position at Salem State University in Massachusetts, Bennett will assume his new responsibilities in Hamilton on August 16.
“Sean’s appointment is just one part of a larger effort to make Hamilton a more welcoming and inclusive community for everyone,” said Chairman David Wippman. “Our community will greatly benefit from his 20 years of progressive experience in education and his track record as an effective communicator, collaborator and operations leader.”
As a direct report to the President and a member of Hamilton’s senior leadership, Bennett will provide leadership for constructive and collaborative change, guiding and educating campus stakeholders and championing transparency and shared accountability for diversity, diversity and accountability initiatives. equity and inclusion (EID) at all levels in college. This new cabinet-level position was created to develop and deepen meaningful partnerships with community members across the college and in the community, and to facilitate the review and implementation of an overall strategic vision for the entire DEI campus.
Prior to his appointment as vice president of Salem State University, Bennett served 10 years as assistant dean and three years as director of the Multicultural Center for Academic Success at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). There, he created a distributed leadership model for the college board and led a myriad of retention initiatives that helped increase first-year retention at the College of Applied Sciences as well as college participation in the honors program. university. Prior to RIT, Bennett was Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity Initiatives and Pipeline Programs at Clarkson University.
“I am extremely excited to join the Hamilton family. The college’s evident commitments to reflection and intellectual growth are attractive to anyone dedicated to the concepts of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion,” said Bennett. “I am inspired by the foundational contributions of students, staff and faculty who continue the work of making Hamilton a place of welcome and belonging. Although we live in a time of great challenges, I remain optimistic about the possibilities. I look forward to our journey together as a community.
Bennett earned an Ed.D. in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania; an Ed.M. in administration, planning and social policy at Harvard University; an MSEd. at SUNY Brockport; and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University.
A committee of students, faculty and administrators conducted the national search with help from executive search firm Isaacson, Miller.