On Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, College of Charleston President Andrew T. Hsu shared the following message about the College’s new chief diversity officer and vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion:

Dear Campus Community,

I am pleased to share with you that Dr. Courtney Howard has agreed to serve as the new Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and will oversee the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID).

Courtney Howard

Courtney Howard has been named the chief diversity officer at the College of Charleston.

Dr. Howard brings a wealth of institutional knowledge and higher education experience to this very important role. Most recently, she was the associate dean of the College’s School of Education and also served as the interim dean for the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance for a year. She came to the College in 2011 to lead the School of Education’s Center for Partnerships to Improve Education, after having served as an interim dean and tenured professor at Claflin University (Orangeburg, S.C.). Her accomplishments as both an administrator and educator, all marked by her commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, will serve her well as our institution’s new Chief Diversity Officer.

Dr. Howard will begin transitioning into this new role next week, splitting her time between the School of Education and OID in the short term. In order to make the transition as smooth as possible, I have asked Dr. Renard Harris to work with her through the end of the calendar year to ensure that the OID staff and its programming get the full support they need. Dr. Harris will return to the faculty to teach full time at the College.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Howard on this appointment. I am excited for this new chapter and for the leadership she will bring to our shared DEI initiatives across campus.



Andrew T. Hsu, Ph.D.
College of Charleston