James A. Felton III of Pennington, N.J., has been named chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee for the McDaniel College Alumni Council and works to engage alumni in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Felton graduated from McDaniel (formerly Western Maryland) College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1995 and a master’s degree in educational administration (now educational leadership) in 1998.
Felton has served as a member to the Graduates of Last Decade (GOLD) Committee from 1996 to 1998, the undergraduate relations committee from 1996 to 1997, the reunion task force from 1997 to 1998, and the fundraising committee from 2003 to 2004.
Recognized as a national leader and scholar-practitioner in the field of diversity in higher education, Felton was recently named one of New Jersey’s most influential DEI leaders for 2021. Felton has contributed to the development of several diversity and strategic plans including the University of Wisconsin’s Plan 2008 at the Green Bay campus. He has managed several scholarship and mentoring programs for underrepresented students at a number of selective private liberal arts colleges and state-system universities across the country as well as collaborated with corporate, nonprofit and federal agencies and NGOs to promote international programs and initiatives on diversity and social justice. He is the co-author of the book “Inclusive Directions: The Role of the Chief Diversity Officer in Community College Leadership.”
Felton is the inaugural vice president for inclusive excellence at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). He previously served as the chief diversity officer at State University of New York at Cortland and as the inaugural director of intercultural affairs at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C. Felton is a founding member of the Pennsylvania Association of Liaisons and Officers for Multicultural Affairs (PALOMA), a statewide organization that provides advocacy, support, best practices, and continual renewal for diversity professionals in the field. Recently, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE).
Submitted by McDaniel College.
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