June 8, 2021 – Martin M. Baker, managing partner of Buffkin / Baker, assisted the University of San Diego (USD) in the recruitment of Regina Dixon-Reeves as its vice provost for diversity, equity and inclusion. “I am delighted to announce that Regina Dixon-Reeves, PhD, has been appointed as vice provost for diversity, equity and inclusion,” said USD VP and provost Gail F. Baker. “She is a champion for diversity and inclusion and is an accomplished scholar, author and lecturer.”
Dr. Dixon-Reeves comes to USD from the University of Chicago, where she served as the assistant provost in the office of the provost. She holds a doctorate in sociology with a concentration in higher education from the University of Chicago. Prior to her role as assistant provost at the University of Chicago, Dr. Dixon-Reeves served as the executive director of diversity and inclusion at the University of Chicago Medicine’s Biological Sciences division. Dr. Dixon-Reeves is also a member of the editorial board of Issues in Race & Society: An Interdisciplinary Global Journal.
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As the vice provost for diversity, equity and inclusion at the University of San Diego, Dr. Dixon-Reeves will serve on the president’s strategic leadership team. In this new role, she will be expected to shape, define and build upon the university’s institutional core values by developing and implementing a strategic plan that will strengthen and achieve USD’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice.
The University of San Diego, a private Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD offers 43 bachelor’s degrees with many concentrations and 53 minors. Its graduate programs include 34 master’s degrees, a law degree, five LLM degrees, four doctorates and dual degree programs. The university has an enrollment of 9,181 students (8,415 full-time equivalency) including undergraduate, paralegal, graduate and law students.
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Based in Winston Salem, NC, Mr. Baker has been in executive search for 19 years. In addition to his role as managing partner, he is also head of the firm’s higher education practice. He previously worked in the Atlanta office of Korn Ferry, where he developed search strategy and executed searches for numerous senior-level appointments. He began his career as a research associate with Saxton Bampfylde, an executive search and management assessment firm in London. He has conducted searches for the positions of CEO, CFO, CIO, provost, dean, director and professor, having worked on over 350 searches throughout his career.
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