Elms College has named accomplished higher-education executive Antoinette "Bonnie" Candia-Bailey the college's first vice president of Student Affairs and chief Diversity officer. Candia-Bailey, joined Elms College on April 1 and assumed responsibility for the strategic oversight and management of the college's Student Affairs and Diversity and Inclusion offices.
The position of vice president of Student Affairs and chief Diversity officer is a new one for the college. Candia-Bailey will be responsible for providing leadership, management, and supervision to the director of Diversity and Inclusion, the dean of students, the director of Campus Ministry, and the director of Athletics. She will advise the president and other members of the executive leadership team on all student-affairs and diversity matters.
Candia-Bailey has more than 20 years of progressive experience in student affairs and diversity and inclusion at higher-education institutions, including North Carolina State University, Towson University in Maryland, and North Carolina A&T State University. She holds a doctoral degree in leadership studies from North Carolina A&T State University, a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling and disability studies from Michigan State University, and a bachelor's degree in sociology from Lincoln University in Missouri.
"I am deeply honored and humbled to join the Elms College Cabinet, led by President Harry E. Dumay," Candia-Bailey said. "I look forward to playing a role in promoting and advocating the success of all of our students. I am excited to contribute to the strategic goals, mission, and vision by being a student-centered advocate."
Abiding by the college's social-distancing policy during the COVID-19 pandemic, she will be working remotely at the start of her tenure.