Dr. Gretchel Hathaway P’07 has been appointed to serve as Franklin & Marshall’s first vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion. She will begin her work at F&M Aug. 20.
Hathaway is currently the dean of diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., where she leads strategic plan diversity initiatives with Union’s board of trustees, faculty and administrators. She has worked at Union since 1998, where she also serves on the review board of all faculty tenure and promotion cases. Hathaway also supervises Union’s Office of Intercultural Affairs, which focuses on designing student programming and workshops, and has served as Union’s director of community outreach and Americans With Disabilities Act compliance officer.
Hathaway was selected for her new position after a highly competitive national search. Reporting to President Barbara Altmann as a member of Franklin & Marshall’s senior staff, she will provide vision, leadership and guidance on a full spectrum of diversity, equity and inclusion matters, working collaboratively with the F&M community to build a more inclusive environment.
“Dr. Hathaway’s energy, experience and enthusiasm about pioneering this position at Franklin & Marshall gives me great confidence that she understands where we are now in this work and the progress we are poised to make,” Altmann said. “I know that she can help us put all the pieces together. This is a pivotal moment in the College’s evolution as an institution and a big step forward as the F&M community. I truly look forward to working with Gretchel as we seize that moment.”
In addition to her senior administrator duties at Union, Hathaway has taught in the Department of Sociology. Her research interests include diversity and inclusivity in higher education, child physical and sexual abuse, and marital rape and spousal abuse. Before her arrival in Schenectady, she spent nine years as the director of the personal counseling center at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. She has presented programs on diversity, multicultural topics and Title IX programs at other institutions of higher education, including Swarthmore College, Colgate University and Skidmore College.
“It is my honor and pleasure to be chosen for this prestigious inaugural position at Franklin & Marshall College,” Hathaway said “I am looking forward to developing relationships with students, faculty, staff and alumni through deep and meaningful conversations that address historical, global and current campus social justice issues. As a parent of a 2007 F&M graduate, I am excited about the opportunity to work collaboratively and creatively with the campus community in our commitment toward diversity, equity and inclusive excellence.”
Hathaway earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Manhattanville College and her master’s degree in the same field from Yeshiva University. She holds a doctoral degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh.