Nicole Roach, director of Webster University’s Downtown Campus at the Old Post Office, has been named the University’s first Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and Senior Director for Community Engagement.
In her new role, Roach will work to advance diversity and inclusion as core values of the University and central to its education mission. To advance community engagement, she will develop strategic partnerships with local communities, community government entities, community agencies and boards and metropolitan area organizations.
Roach will be based at the Webster Groves main campus and report directly to President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble and Provost, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Julian Schuster.
“We are pleased that Nicole has accepted this new position of leadership for Webster,” said Stroble. “Her record of engaging members of the community to build productive partnerships aligns well with the institution’s core values. We look forward to the initiatives she will champion to further Webster’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and community engagement.”
“Nicole is a good match for this position,” added Schuster. “As we continue to elevate the performance of our institution, this new position is a signal that Webster University is serious about creating a high-performing environment. This can only be accomplished with diverse teams working in tandem and in collaboration with their communities.”
Over the past year, Roach served as co-chair of Webster’s External Outreach & Engagement Working Group, leading a committee of committed faculty, staff and students to consider best practices in community outreach and engagement. In January of this year, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Roach as one of 12 members to serve on the Missouri Community Service Commission with a mission to build stronger communities throughout Missouri.
In 2012, she was recognized as a Diverse Business Leader by the St. Louis Business Journal. Also in 2012, Roach was appointed as one of the inaugural Webster Global Leadership Academy fellows, a year-long leadership program providing Webster employees with the tools to lead from where they are. In 2011, she was selected by Delux Magazine as one of St. Louis’ Women Power Players of 2011. Other recognitions include NSN Black Business Woman Who Rocks, 2011; Gateway Classic African American Citizen of the Year, 2011; and YWCA Leader (Lunch 29), 2009.
She is active with many civic organizations including Big Brother Big Sister National Academic Advising Association; National Association of Professional Women; National Sales Network; RBC Young Professionals Network; Rotary International and Rotary Club 11 (St. Louis); United Way; and YWCA.
“I am delighted at the opportunity to work closely with the campus community and the community-at-large as together we define a successful future for our students; enhance learning opportunities; create diverse and inclusive programs; and strengthen our commitment to global citizenship,” Roach said. “These University’s core values will fuel our contributions to impacting real-world change.”
Roach holds an MA in Human Resources Development, an MA in Public Relations and BA in Media Communications, all from Webster University. She also holds a Harvard University Certificate, Women In Education Leadership.
Roach began her career with Webster University in 2002. Starting as an accounting assistant, she worked her way up to extended campus coordinator, then to assistant director of the Downtown (St. Louis) Campus location, and to director of the Downtown Campus in 2009.
Roach assumes her new duties on Sep. 30.