Scott Named Assistant to the President for Equity and Diversity Issues

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

March 9, 2006 – Lincoln Scott of Chesterfield, Mo., formerly vice president of human resources and organizational development at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, has been named assistant to the president for equity and diversity issues at Southeast Missouri State University.

The announcement was made today by Southeast President Kenneth W. Dobbins.

Scott, who was selected after a national search, will begin his new duties March 15. He replaces Jim Cook, who has been serving as interim assistant to the president for equity issues. Cook, who is the director of human resources at Southeast, took this interim assignment when Rick Beasley, former assistant to the president for equity issues, resigned last July.

“We are extremely fortunate to be welcoming someone of Lincoln Scott’s stature to our campus,” Dobbins said. “He has two decades of career experience in equity and diversity issues both in the corporate and non-profit arenas. He has experience in the higher education setting, too, where he has taught graduate level coursework focusing on human resources management. His wealth of knowledge in equity issues will be a tremendous asset to Southeast. We look forward to him joining us next week.”

In his new position, Scott will report directly to Dobbins and will serve on the executive staff as one of the president’s key advisors. He will be responsible for providing pro-active, campus-wide leadership, direction, and coordination in the areas of diversity and equity issues; supervising and developing approaches designed to enhance the University community’s appreciation for cultural diversity, its climate of tolerance, respect for the rights of all persons, and its adherence to affirmative action and equal opportunity; working to maintain effective and equitable processes for resolution of workplace issues; recommending policies and procedures related to equity and affirmative action and managing the Affirmative Action Program; working with members of the President’s Commission for Minority Affairs, coordinating programs to assist the University in cultivating and retaining minority faculty, staff and students; and building, maintaining and reporting work force analyses.

“I had always thought at this point in my career that I would like to work on a college campus,” Scott said. “Cape Girardeau is a delightful place.”

He says that while it is a bit premature to outline his goals, he hopes to assist President Ken Dobbins and the University’s continued efforts to diversify the campus.

“I’d like to help in making it a place where everyone feels comfortable and welcome,” he said.

Scott has more than 20 years of experience in human resources, addressing all areas of equity and diversity in both the private and non-profit sectors.  This experience includes hiring, vendor relations, and affirmative action reports and plans.  He has also taught graduate level courses in human resources management at Lindenwood College and Washington University

Prior to his current position, Scott was director of human resources administration for Earthgrains Company and manager compensation for Anheuser Busch Companies, both in St. Louis. He also has served as manager of recruitment and college relations for Anheuser Busch in St. Louis.

Scott holds a bachelor of science in education degree from Harris Teachers College and a master of arts in administration degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His community service experience includes serving as chairman of the board of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Gateway Chapter, a board member of the Girl Scouts of Greater St. Louis Area, board member of INROADS/St. Louis, a member of the advisory board for the Emergency Children’s Home (ECHO) in north St. Louis City and a member of the advisory board for Hope Center.