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Hamline University Hires Everett as Inclusive Excellence AVP


Hamline University has hired Dr. David L. Everett as its first Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence. He began his duties on Monday, August 27.

“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Everett to our community,” said Hamline President Dr. Fayneese Miller. “He has a proven record of effectiveness and advocacy on inclusion, equity and diversity issues. We have developed a national reputation as a leader in this area and I know that Dr. Everett’s energy and drive will fuel us in the ongoing pursuit of educational equity.”

“I am pleased, honored and excited to join Hamline University,” Everett said. “Hamline’s rich tradition and its continued emphasis on academic rigor, practical learning experiences and social justice provides a powerful platform to work towards equity, inclusion and diversity across the institution and within the community. I look forward to working with President Miller, other administrators, faculty, staff, students and stakeholders as we collectively strive to ‘do all the good’ we can.”

Dr. Everett has worked as equity, diversion and inclusivity consultant for the Minnesota Department of Human Services since 2015. While there, Everett was involved in the preparation, delivery and assessment of equity, inclusivity and diversity training programs, for the benefit of internal and external audiences at various levels. 

He also served as an assistant professor with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MNSCU) from 2008-12, providing instruction in world religions, ethics, and race and culture. He helped develop and implement MNSCU’s Access, Opportunity and Success program, which helps enhance higher education access for underrepresented populations.

At Hamline, Everett’s newly-created position will work with faculty, staff and students alike to foster equality of opportunity across Hamline’s educational spectrum. 

Everett earned his associate of arts degree in liberal arts from Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York in 1991. He then earned a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Kentucky in 1994, followed by a mini-MBA certificate in public administration and management from Hamline in 2004. He later earned a masters of divinity degree in leadership and his doctorate of philosophy, also in leadership, from Luther Seminary in St. Paul.

Everett has also held teaching and diversity-related positions with Gustavus Adolphus College, the State of Minnesota IT Services Office, Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative in St. Paul, Luther Seminary and the Minnesota National Guard. He is a certified federal mediator and a member of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

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