Thursday, September 12, 2019

Jerrihlyn McGee, DNP, RN, CNE, named Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

University Broadcast, 9/11/19 from Executive Vice Chancellor:

I am pleased to announce Jerrihlyn L. McGee, DNP, RN, CNE, has been named vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion effective Monday, Sept. 16. In her new role, Dr. McGee will serve as the chief diversity officer and will lead and coordinate diversity-related initiatives on our three campuses and chair the vice chancellor’s diversity cabinet. She will develop and oversee programs, services and initiatives designed to enhance the organization’s cultural competence and the successful recruitment, professional development and retention of students, faculty and staff from diverse and under-represented population groups. We are especially grateful to Ms. Chari Young and Dr. Romano Delcore who led the search for this position as well as the dedicated members of the search committee.

Dr. McGee will develop collaborative partnerships within university communities to promote inclusion and diversity as essential elements of the mission and will lead efforts to create an environment where all faculty, staff and students feel welcomed and valued. Dr. McGee has been an important part of our diversity initiatives and is locally and nationally known as an expert on workplace civility and cultural competency. Her passion and experience will move KU Medical Center’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts to the next level on all of our campuses.
Dr. McGee earned a bachelor of science in biology from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, and a bachelor of science in nursing, a master’s degree in organizational leadership and a doctor of nursing practice in leadership from the KU School of Nursing. She is currently a clinical assistant professor and program director for graduate leadership programs in the School of Nursing, and will continue in both of these roles in some capacity for the remainder of 2019. Beginning January 2020, Dr. McGee will continue in a reduced faculty role in the School of Nursing.  
Please join me in congratulating Dr. McGee and supporting her as our new vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion.

Robert D. Simari, M.D.
Executive Vice Chancellor, University of Kansas Medical Center