About our Vice Chancellor
Dr. Timothy Fair serves as the inaugural vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans. In this role, he is responsible for defining and strategically aligning institutional diversity efforts and developing cultural competence skills in students, faculty and staff.
He is a scholar with a broad understanding of the challenges that currently face higher education institutions, with particular expertise in the area of academic success and persistence strategies for students of color. In his former role as chief of staff and special assistant to the vice president and chief diversity officer at Auburn University, he worked in tandem with the vice president and associate provost to provide a high touch experience around matters of inclusive excellence for faculty, staff and students. Prior to his arrival at Auburn, he served as an assistant dean of students at Cornell University. While in this role, he was responsible for leading the work of the Multicultural Greek community and contributing to strategy that helped to advance the institution’s equity, inclusion and diversity goals.
While employed at Mississippi State University, Dr. Fair served as a residence hall director and the assistant director of diversity within the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center. In this role, he provided strategic thought leadership to institutional efforts related to multicultural learning, understanding, communication and the continued improvement of a welcoming institutional climate. With a deep commitment to education, Dr. Fair remains active in the classroom and continues to teach courses focused on civil discourse and diversity. Additionally, he serves as a DEI facilitator and curriculum designer for eCornell, Cornell University’s online certificate granting program. A native of Wisconsin, he holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point and a master’s and Ph.D. from Mississippi State University, both in public policy & administration.