Beasley Named Assistant to the President for Equity and Diversity Issues



Feb. 17, 2005 – Roderick “Rick” Beasley of Columbia, Mo., director of the Missouri Division of Workforce Development, has been named assistant to the president for equity issues and diversity at Southeast Missouri State University.

The announcement was made following a closed session meeting of the University’s Board of Regents Wednesday.

Beasley, who was selected after a national search, will begin his new duties March 1. He replaces Dr. Pauline Fox, who has been serving as interim assistant to the president for equity issues. Fox, who is retired from Southeast as vice president for administration and enrollment management, took this interim assignment when Dr. Mel Gillespie, former assistant to the president for equity issues, passed away unexpectedly last July.

In his new position, Beasley will report directly to Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, 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.

Beasley has 10 years of experience in organizational management and workforce development. He currently is responsible for development of and compliance with the Division’s affirmative action plan. In working with a number of state agencies, he has been instrumental in the development and adoption of Missouri’s One-Stop Equal Access Policy. His experience also includes the development and coordination of implementing the annual affirmative action plan for the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

Prior to his current position, Beasley was staff director of the One-Stop Career Center and program manager of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, both in Jefferson City, Mo. He also has served as district manager with Aldi Inc. in Olathe, Kan.

Beasley holds a bachelor of science in economics degree from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is a member of the Department of Corrections’ Missouri Vocational Enterprise, vice chair of the Labor Market Information Committee of the National Association of Workforce Agencies and vice chair of the Workforce Liaisons Committee of the National Governor’s Association.