UW-Madison and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement is pleased to announce the hiring of Cheryl Bailey Gittens, Tracy Williams-Maclin and Kenneth Pierce.
Gittens is an experienced academic and student affairs administrator who has successfully planned, implemented and managed programs and services designed to increase high school graduation, college enrollment and retention at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She received her Doctorate of Education at the George Washington University and her Master of Social Work at Rutgers University.
Most recently, Gittens was the Vice President of Education and Chief Academic Officer of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County. Prior to that she was Director of Student Affairs and Community Service Learning at the University of Virginia. She joins DDEEA as an Assistant Vice Provost.
Williams-Maclin is an Entrepreneurial Leader at companies creating equity through strategic partnerships, philanthropy, and practice. Most recently she was a Diversity and Inclusion Advisor at American Family Insurance and before that she was Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of WI Foundation and Alumni Association. She led strategic planning and high-level decision-making to include internal and external efforts, collaborating with campus partners. At the DDEEA, Williams-Maclin will be Interim Senior Director of External Relations, Partnerships and Development.
Kenneth Pierce will be joining the division as an Administrative Project Manager and Researcher. Pierce is an experienced instructor and faculty advisor focusing on college admission, college success, post college (career) success and leadership. His expertise includes assessing protocols and objectives, designing data systems, and evaluating learning initiatives. A two-time graduate of DePaul University, he holds two master’s degrees and a doctorate degree from Stony Brook University.
UW-Madison Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer Patrick J. Sims asks everyone to join in welcoming Cheryl Gittens, Tracy Williams-Maclin and Kenneth Pierce to UW-Madison and the Division.
“I’m thrilled that Cheryl, Tracy and Kenneth will be joining the team to help round out our senior leadership,” Sims said.