Michael Reed, former vice president for strategic planning and institutional diversity at Williams College, has joined the senior-leadership team at Dickinson as the new vice president for institutional initiatives. Reed also serves as Dickinson’s chief diversity officer and deputy Title IX officer. In this capacity, he is focused on guiding and coordinating institutional efforts to increase diversity, equity and inclusion among the college community.
Before coming to Dickinson, Reed established the Office for Strategic Planning and Institutional Diversity at Williams, where he served from 2006 to 2014 as a member of the senior-leadership team working with trustees, faculty, staff, students and alumni to help develop and implement strategic approaches to diversity. He also represented Williams as its affirmative action and Title IX officer.
Prior to Williams, Reed operated a successful consulting practice through his own company, Consulting Works LLC, which provided organizational and management consulting services to corporations, nonprofits and government agencies. There, he led dozens of culture-change, leadership and diversity projects with measurable outcomes across the U.S. and internationally. Reed began his consulting career at Cook Ross, an organizational development and management consulting firm, where he rose from senior consultant to partner.
Reed’s other affiliations have included serving as co-founder of the Capital Consulting Consortium (Tri-C), president of the board of directors for Nation’s Capital Child and Family Development, chair of the Black Alumni Network at Williams and a member of the institution’s board of trustees. In 1993, Williams awarded Reed a Bicentennial Medal in recognition of his achievement in helping minority youth reach their full potential. He also is co-founder of the Liberal Arts Diversity Officers (LADO) consortium, which brings together chief diversity officers working in liberal-arts settings to collaborate and provide leadership in implementing and publicizing effective diversity strategies in higher education.
Additionally, Reed was a regional vice president for INROADS/Greater Washington—an affiliate that he established—and was director of programs for A Better Chance. At both organizations, Reed’s work focused on helping young, exceptionally talented students of color successfully navigate the cultures of the most selective private schools and corporations in the U.S. He started his career at the Department of Human Resources in Washington as a psychologist at several day and residential treatment facilities for children and families.
Reed graduated from Williams with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and received his master’s degree in educational psychology from Howard University. He also received a certificate from the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.
Published October 29, 2014