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K-State Today

March 24, 2021

Chief diversity and inclusion officer takes position in Texas

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

Bryan Samuel, the university’s first chief diversity and inclusion officer, has been named vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion at the University of Texas Arlington. Per the university’s announcement, he will assume his new duties in early May.

“Dr. Samuel helped establish the office of diversity and inclusion as a cabinet-level position,” said Richard B. Myers, president of Kansas State University. “He laid the foundation for this new position while also moving the university forward in so many ways in the past three years. We appreciate his many contributions in leading and helping ensure our many diversity-related initiatives were at the top of our priority lists. Thanks to Bryan, the university is poised to continue progress in an area that is essential for our future success.”

“It has been my distinct pleasure to serve as the inaugural chief diversity and inclusion officer for K-State,” Samuel said. “This is a bittersweet moment for my family and me as over the past three years we have come to love the K-State and Manhattan community. I would like to thank President Myers for his leadership and support. I especially would like to thank the faculty, staff and students who worked so tirelessly to advance several important diversity and inclusion initiatives, including but not limited to KSUnite, the 2020 University Climate Survey and the diversity and inclusion plan. These institutional initiatives were not possible without your energy and passion for this work. I am proud of the work we have done and the advancement we have made in such a short time. 

Details on the search process for a new chief diversity and inclusion officer will be announced in K-State Today as they become available.