History of our Office

The office now known as the Center for Student Diversity was established in 1974 as the Office of Minority Affairs.  The initial mission was to serve African American students.  Leroy Moore was the inaugural director of the office, serving from 1974 to 1980.

Dr. Carroll F.S. Hardy, known affectionately as Dean Hardy, became the director in 1980, serving until 1995.  In 1991, the office transitioned into the Office of Multicultural Affairs, to better reflect the populations it served.

Edwin Cowell directed the office from 1995 to 1998, followed by Dr. Chon Glover, who served from 1999-2009.  Dr. Glover went on to become the first Chief Diversity Officer of the College.

Dr. Vernon Hurte assumed the role of director in 2009, and played a key role in expanding the mission of the office.  Under his leadership, the office became the Center for Student Diversity, and the mission broadened to address the concerns and needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, as well as students of minority religious and faith traditions.