Colby-Sawyer College has hired Nikki Fuller, of Williston, Vt., as its first-ever vice president for human resources and chief diversity officer.
Fuller, who is set to begin her role Sept. 1, comes to Colby-Sawyer with more than two decades of experience in education and public service, including 25 years consulting on matters of racial justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. The senior leadership position was created following the recommendation of the college’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, which was charged with assessing the state of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) on campus and offering a series of proposals to college administration.
“I am thrilled to welcome Nikki to the college’s senior leadership team as its inaugural vice president for human resources and chief diversity officer,” Colby-Sawyer President Susan D. Stuebner said. “Nikki possesses a rare combination of deep expertise in both human resources and legal issues as well as in equity, diversity and inclusion. She brings great energy and enthusiasm to her work and will connect well with all constituents of the college.”
In her role at Colby-Sawyer, Fuller will be tasked with overseeing the core functions of employment, while also playing a central role in its continued effort of fostering a culture of inclusivity for all community members. As such, Fuller will facilitate campus-wide engagement to achieve greater recruitment, retention and success of underrepresented students, and work with faculty on the development of curriculum and instructional practices that support an inclusive and effective learning environment.
Fuller will also be tasked with examining and developing equitable policies as well as identifying hiring practices that enhance the college community.
“I am thrilled and honored to join the Colby-Sawyer family as it takes this step toward ensuring that every person is valued, heard and included,” Fuller said. “The people-first culture of Colby-Sawyer is one of the many things that attracted me to this position. There has not been a more opportune time for organizations to lead by putting people first, and combining the human resources and EDI functions is a crucial step in that direction. It allows for the true integration of EDI principles into all that we do.”
Prior to Colby-Sawyer, Fuller spent seven years as executive director of human resources and in-house counsel for the Burlington School District in Burlington, Vt., where she also advised the district on matters of EDI. Most recently, Fuller served as owner and senior consultant of Workplace Matters, PLLC, in Williston, Vt., providing human resources and EDI consultation to a variety of local and regional organizations.
Fuller holds a Juris Doctorate from Western New England College School of Law in Springfield, Mass., and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Fla. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Society for Human Resource Management and the National Diversity Council, among other organizations.
“While equity, diversity and inclusion remain the work of every individual at the college, it will be extremely helpful to have Nikki’s strategic leadership in this area to guide us and help us prioritize key initiatives” Stuebner said. “I am truly looking forward to working with her.”