Announcing F&M's first vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion

Dear F&M community,

After a highly competitive national search, I am delighted to announce that Dr. Gretchel Hathaway will join us as Franklin & Marshall’s first vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion on Aug. 20. She will report directly to me as a member of F&M’s senior staff.

Dr. Hathaway has worked at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., since 1998, where she is currently the dean of diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer. She leads strategic plan diversity initiatives with the board of trustees, faculty and administrators, and serves on the review board of all faculty tenure and promotion cases. She also supervises Union’s Office of Intercultural Affairs, which focuses on designing student programming, and has served as Union’s director of community outreach and Americans With Disabilities Act compliance officer.

Dr. Hathaway has a deep appreciation for F&M, in part because she is the parent of Stephen Tyson ’07, one of the founding members of I.M.P.A.C.T. Her energy, experience and enthusiasm about pioneering this position at F&M are confident inspiring. She understands where the College is now and the progress we are poised to make at this pivotal moment in Franklin & Marshall’s evolution. I look forward to the vision, leadership and guidance she will provide on a full spectrum of diversity, equity and inclusion matters. She made very clear in the interview process that her commitment is to work collaboratively with students, faculty, professional staff, alumni and our neighbors in Lancaster to make our community more inclusive.

Prior to her arrival at Union, Dr. Hathaway was the director of the personal counseling center at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown for nine years. She has presented on diversity, multicultural topics and Title IX programs at many other institutions, including Swarthmore College, Colgate University and Skidmore College. She 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.

For the very successful completion of this search, I am grateful to our colleagues at Greenwood/Asher Search and to our campus search committee members for their dedication, their insight, and their willingness to ask hard questions. My sincere thanks to committee chair Carrie Rampp, vice president and chief information officer, and to committee members Melissa Betrone, Department of Earth & Environment academic coordinator; Sonia Elliott, OSPGD director of employer and community partnerships; Stephanie McNulty, department chair and professor of government and director of faculty diversity initiatives; Pedro Rivera, lieutenant, Department of Public Safety; Colette Shaw, dean of students, Carmen Tisnado, professor of Spanish and chair of the Latin American Studies program; Sarah Ye ’20; and Ayana Stuart ’21. They all fully understood the significance for F&M of hiring our first vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion.

Dr. Hathaway’s arrival will bring together a number of initiatives already underway as well as help us push forward on the vitally important work we know we need to do. Please join me in giving Dr. Hathaway a warm welcome to the F&M community when she arrives in August. I am eager for you to get to know her and begin working with her.

Barbara K. Altmann