While Johns Hopkins University conducts a search for the redefined position of vice provost and chief diversity officer, James E. Page Jr. will fill the role on an interim basis.
Previously, the position of chief diversity officer was part of a dual role that included serving as vice provost for institutional equity. With the departure of Caroline Laguerre-Brown, the responsibilities are being split into two positions.
"The separation of the function of chief diversity officer from that of vice provost for institutional equity highlights the importance of this role to the university," Provost Robert Lieberman wrote in an email to the university community.
Page, who will continue his current role as vice president and chief diversity officer at Johns Hopkins Medicine, brings strong leadership and a longstanding commitment to issues of diversity and inclusion to his new responsibilities, Lieberman said.
Page's interim appointment to the provost's office is effective immediately and will extend through the recruitment of a new vice provost. Lieberman said: "I am excited about the opportunity for increased collaboration on diversity-related initiatives between the university and health system."
As interim vice provost and chief diversity officer, Page will work closely with leadership in the provost's office to advance critical initiatives for the university, including completing the JHU Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion; advancing the Faculty Diversity Initiative; and continuing a universitywide exchange of ideas on race and diversity through such programs as the JHU Forums on Race in America.
Before joining Johns Hopkins in 2014, Page served for four years as assistant vice president and chief diversity officer at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, one of the nation's top pediatric medical centers. In this role, he helped create a culture that focused on providing extraordinary care to patients and their families from more than 85 countries.
In addition, Page directed nationwide diversity at DaVita Inc., a 35,000-employee, 1,500-location health care organization, and he spent more than 10 years with Dell Inc. as a leader in its Global Diversity, Global Ethics, Compliance, and Privacy organizations, among other distinguished positions. He served for eight years on the Corporate Advisory Committee for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington, D.C. He has an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Said Lieberman: "I am confident that James is the right person to support our diversity efforts until a permanent vice provost and chief diversity officer is appointed."