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Jayne named Appalachian’s chief diversity officer

BOONE—Bindu Kolli Jayne has been named chief diversity officer and associate vice chancellor for equity, diversity and compliance at Appalachian State University.

She has been the director of policy, compliance and equity and director of labor relations at the University of Delaware since 2012 and was chief policy advisor and legal counsel there from 2010-2011.

Jayne will report to the Office of the Chancellor, as well as the Office of the Provost. She will begin her duties at Appalachian June 23.

While at the University of Delaware, Jayne managed the Office of Equity and Inclusion, was the university’s Title IX coordinator, conducted training and education for faculty, staff and students, oversaw the university’s enterprise risk management program and prepared the university’ annual Affirmative Action Plan and managed Title IX and affirmative action program audits.

“Bindu Jayne has a breadth of expertise regarding affirmative action, civil rights and compliance issues that will benefit Appalachian, its students and employees and understands the complexities of this position,” said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Lori S. Gonzalez.

As Appalachian’s chief diversity officer, Jayne will be responsible for the university’s compliance with laws, regulations and guidelines related to affirmative action, equal opportunity and disability services. She also will draft related university policies and serve as the university’s contact with external state and federal civil rights agencies such as the N.C. Office of Administrative Hearings, U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

Jayne has presented workshops on higher education discrimination law and institutional culture and compliance and sexual violence on campus, interned with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and worked for an international law firm in Philadelphia, where she counseled higher education institutions on governance and employment-related issues.

Jayne is a graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government. She earned a juris doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

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