DR. SHEILA CALDWELL began in June as Wheaton’s first Chief Intercultural Engagement Officer, a role established as a result of Wheaton’s strategic prioritization to deepen ethnic diversity.
“Sheila Caldwell is a dynamic leader with a proven track record for inspiring all students to pursue racial unity and helping faculty, staff, and students of color to flourish in the context of higher education,” President Ryken says. “Her expertise, personal warmth, and vibrant Christian faith will enable her to make strong connections across Wheaton’s campus and to serve as a key member of the Senior Administrative Cabinet.”
Dr. Caldwell will serve alongside President Ryken and provide key leadership for defining and meeting campus-wide goals to deepen ethnic diversity, promote racial reconciliation, and advance intercultural understanding.
Dr. Caldwell has about two decades of experience in higher education. Most recently she served as Advisor to the President on Diversity at the University of North Georgia (UNG), where she secured grants that helped economically disadvantaged students achieve college success, increased the number of faculty of color, and facilitated the creation of UNG’s first Diversity Leadership and Vision Statement.
“I am honored and humbled to join a Christ-centered community filled with talented and innovative leaders in higher education,” Dr. Caldwell says. “As the inaugural Chief Intercultural Engagement Officer, I will collaborate with faculty, staff, and students to create structures that will enhance equity and inclusive excellence in the classroom, with the end goal of fortifying Christians and advancing the kingdom of God.”