University of Minnesota announces new Vice President for Equity and Diversity

Katrice Albert will be the new Vice President for Equity and Diversity, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler announced Friday in an email.

Previously the director of multicultural affairs at Louisiana State University, where she worked for 12 years, Albert holds a doctorate in psychology.

She will be the University’s “chief diversity officer,” leading multicultural, equity and access programs, and will start June 28. Kris Lockhart, associate vice president equity and diversity, will serve in the interim. The appointment is pending regents approval.

“She is a creative and engaging individual with tremendous energy and enthusiasm for thinking about equity and diversity work in a strategic way,” Kaler said in the email.

Albert was part of the second batch of candidates for the position, which has been open for the past two years. Robert Jones, senior vice president for academic administration, previously told the Minnesota Daily that the first round of candidates —selected last April — were not “suitable” for the position.

The former vice president for equity and diversity was Nancy Barcelo, who left to serve as president at Northern New Mexico College.

The other candidate in the second batch was Karen Dace, of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.