Sharon Perry-Fantini named vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion

AMES, Iowa – Sharon Perry-Fantini from Tiffin (Ohio) University has been named the next vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion at Iowa State University, following a national search.

Perry-Fantini, vice provost for equity, access and opportunity and Title IX coordinator at Tiffin University, will begin at Iowa State on Jan. 18, 2022. Her appointment is pending approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

“Dr. Perry-Fantini is a passionate and proven leader with a deep commitment to building collaborative partnerships,” said President Wendy Wintersteen. “She brings an excellent set of skills and experience that will help us move Iowa State forward to become a leader in having a welcoming and inclusive environment for our increasingly diverse campus community to succeed and thrive.”

Perry-Fantini has been in her current position at Tiffin University since 2009 and also serves as an associate professor of management. A member of the Association of Title IX Administrators Advisory Board, the External Advisory Board for Diversity and Inclusion for Clarkson University and the Society for Human Resource Management, Perry-Fantini holds bachelor’s degrees in organizational management and human resources management and an MBA from Tiffin University, and a Ph.D. in human resources and organization management from Capella University.

“It is an honor to join a team that embodies the same purpose as I do – fostering an inclusive campus climate in which every member of the community can thrive in a safe and welcoming environment by embracing, supporting, including and valuing our unique diverse and cultural differences,” said Perry-Fantini. “The opportunity to join an institution with a dedicated focus on advancing diversity, equity and inclusion within its organizational mission is one that I am excited about. “

In making the announcement, President Wintersteen thanked interim vice president Charles Small for his leadership and members of the search committee and campus community for their thoughtful consideration of candidates.