Vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion named

Karen A. Jones comes to Binghamton from Buffalo State College

A Binghamton Dream wall created with Post-it notes for the inaugural MLK Jr. Week of Welcome celebration in 2016. Image Credit: Jonathan Cohen.
A Binghamton Dream wall created with Post-it notes for the inaugural MLK Jr. Week of Welcome celebration in 2016.
A Binghamton Dream wall created with Post-it notes for the inaugural MLK Jr. Week of Welcome celebration in 2016. Photography: Jonathan Cohen.

Karen A. Jones, chief diversity officer at Buffalo State College, has been named Binghamton University’s vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion. Jones will begin her new role on July 1. She succeeds Nicole Sirju-Johnson, who was the interim chief diversity officer for two years and will help with the transition.

Jones brings with her more than 30 years of experience in civil rights compliance, equity initiatives and human resources strategies in higher education, healthcare and private industry. In addition to her time at Buffalo State, her experience in higher education has been with Virginia Polytechnic Institute, St. John Fisher College and SUNY Brockport, while her experience in healthcare has been with Lifetime Healthcare Companies: Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

“We are so excited to bring such an accomplished and respected professional to Binghamton,” said Harvey Stenger, Binghamton University president. “Karen has the expertise and experience to further the advancement of equity and inclusion efforts for our students, faculty and staff.”

“Karen brings a wealth of experience and wisdom to our campus as a leader in academia who has worked on issues pertaining to the enhancement of diversity and promoting inclusive excellence in academia,” said Krishnaswami “Hari” Srihari, dean of the Watson School and chair of the search committee. “Working closely with President Stenger, Karen will be an excellent addition to our campus’ leadership team.”

“This is a humbling experience,” Jones said. “Having the opportunity to join President Stenger and the Binghamton University community is indeed an honor. I welcome the opportunity to continue the exceptional work already being done by the campus community.

“The opportunity to return to a student-centered research institution at this time in my career is ideal and one I am looking forward to!” Jones added.

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion was created from the Binghamton University Road Map strategic plan to support the development and implementation of initiatives that create a welcoming campus climate that spreads fundamental respect for everyone.

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