A UND professor has been named to a position in President Andrew Armacost’s executive council, and will handle issues related to diversity and inclusion.

Tamba-Kuii Bailey is a professor in the counseling psychology and community services department of UND’s College of Education and Human Development. He is now serving as Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion. The announcement came in a news release from Armacost on Tuesday, Aug. 31.

“His appointment to this new role represents an important step in the life of the university as we take active steps to ensure a sense of belonging and equity among all members of our campus community,” said Armacost.

Bailey has been serving in the provost’s office as assistant vice provost for diversity and Inclusion since January along with his teaching duties. He will continue teaching in the College of Education and Human Development for a period of time, but his work will be in direct support to diversity and inclusion initiatives across the institution.

The position is temporary, meaning Bailey will serve as a special assistant to the president for two years. UND will begin a national search for a permanent chief diversity officer later this year, according to the release.

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In 2020 Bailey served as co-chair of UND’s Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. His work will focus on the development and coordination of diversity and inclusion efforts across the campus, and the creation of goals and initiatives surrounding those efforts. His role is an extension of the work he did on the task force.