Michelle Garfield Cook has been named the Associate Provost for Institutional Diversity at the University of Georgia. She has been the interim director since May 2011, when Cheryl Dozier stepped down to become interim president of Savannah State University.
“Dr. Cook has done an outstanding job during her service as the interim associate provost, and I am very pleased she has agreed to take on this key administrative post on a permanent basis,” said Jere Morehead, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, to whom Cook reports. Morehead's comments were part of UGA press release about the appointment.
As interim, Cook launched several new projects in conjunction with other campus units: a certificate program in diversity and inclusion for faculty and staff; a Research in Diversity Seed Grant program; a video for incoming undergraduate students that can be used in First-Year Odyssey courses; and creation of an International Diversity Award.
“I am incredibly honored to serve the University of Georgia as associate provost for institutional diversity,” Cook said. “I believe that we are poised to do some exciting things to enhance diversity, and this will only strengthen the academic and intellectual enterprise here at UGA.”
Cook was associate dean of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, where she oversaw student academic affairs within the college. She has taught in the history department and is currently teaching a directed studies course for the Institute for African-American Studies. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton, a master’s in African-American Studies from Yale and a doctorate in history from Duke.
The Office of Institutional Diversity is in the Holmes-Hunter Academic Building. It opened in spring 2002.