SAA Professor Mark Figueroa Named Dean of Equity and Inclusion
President Wim Wiewel has announced that Mark Figueroa, associate vice president for institutional research and planning, will succeed Janet Steverson as dean of equity and inclusion, effective this summer.
“Mark’s deep and wide-ranging work in higher education has always centered on students, whether through the analysis and application of data or through teaching, mentoring, and coaching,” said President Wiewel. “He is grounded in the work of equity and inclusion and eager to move our efforts forward. I cannot thank Janet Steverson enough for her exceptional leadership as dean of diversity and inclusion. She has built a solid base from which Mark begins his leadership.”
At Lewis & Clark, in addition to managing the Office of Institutional Research and Planning, Mark has served as a member of Executive Council, as accreditation liaison officer to the Northwest Commission on College and Universities, as Title IX coordinator, as a member of the Strategic Enrollment Management leadership team, as program director and assistant professor of the Student Affairs Administration graduate degree program, and as assistant football coach. He will step back from some of these roles to focus on his work as dean.
“I am eager to move forward into a more visible leadership role on critical issues of equity and inclusion at Lewis & Clark,” said Mark. “Over the last eight years, I have learned a great deal about our institutional culture. Relationships matter so much. I see many opportunities for us to continue to work together to make this place a more truly safe, welcoming, and equitable learning community. I hope everyone will join me in this work.”