Dr. James C. Wimbush is Indiana University’s vice president for diversity, equity, and multicultural affairs, dean of The University Graduate School, and Johnson Professor for Diversity and Leadership.
Under his guidance, IU’s Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA) has prioritized the recruitment, retention, and graduation of underrepresented students, while ensuring that Indiana University maintains a learning environment where students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds can thrive.
Vice President Wimbush has helped Indiana University garner national recognition for its efforts in diversity and inclusion in recent years, receiving such honors as:
- The Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award, awarded by Insight Into Diversity, the oldest and largest diversity publication in higher education;
- The Institutional Excellence award from National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE); and
- Campus Pride’s “Best of the Best” of the top-25 LGBTQ-friendly college campus in the U.S.
Indiana University has also established numerous diversity and inclusion initiatives that have been spearheaded by Vice President Wimbush in recent years, including the Black Philanthropy Circle, which is designed to enhance giving among African American alumni, and the First Nations Leadership Ambassadors Council, an effort to better connect to and gain insight from the Native American community.
A native of Virginia, Vice President Wimbush is a first-generation college graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech), from which he also earned a master’s degree in human resources management and industrial and labor relations and a Ph.D. in management. Since 1991, Vice President Wimbush has been a professor of business administration in IU Bloomington’s Kelley School of Business, where he has chaired several departments and received multiple teaching awards.