Office of Diversity and Inclusion leadership announcement

From the Provost — August 3, 2022

Office of Diversity and Inclusion leadership announcement

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

I write to share that Dr. James L. Moore III has been named the assistant director for the National Science Foundation’s Education and Human Resources (EHR) Directorate. In this role, he will join NSF’s senior leadership, provide oversight for nearly 200 personnel, and oversee a budget of over $1 billion. He will begin his role at NSF on August 22.

This is bittersweet news for Ohio State — but an exciting opportunity for Dr. Moore, who will extend his leadership and impact to a national level in leading EHR, which aims to achieve excellence in STEM education at all levels and in all settings across the country. EHR, one of seven NSF directorates, supports the development of a diverse and well-prepared workforce of scientists, technicians, engineers, mathematicians, and educators.

This is the second time that Dr. Moore has been called to service at the federal level. From 2015 to 2017, he was the program director for Broadening Participation in Engineering program in NSF’s Directorate for Engineering. This new appointment speaks to his national leadership in diversity and inclusion, STEM education, and workforce development.

Dr. Moore has served as the university’s vice provost for diversity and inclusion, chief diversity officer (CDO), and leader of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) since 2017. He previously served as associate vice provost for diversity and inclusion from 2011 to 2015. Dr. Moore has served on the Ohio State faculty since 2002 and is the inaugural Education and Human Ecology Distinguished Professor of Urban Education, as well as the first executive director for the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male within ODI.

His many accomplishments over his term as CDO and vice provost include implementing the ODI Strategic Roadmap; increasing grants, contracts, and philanthropic contributions; improving student success and university experiences; and creating partnerships across the university, the state, and other parts of the world. A priority under Dr. Moore’s leadership was student success and working with the Office of International Affairs to enhance global education opportunities for students from underrepresented backgrounds. As a result of these efforts, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) honored Dr. Moore with the Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award.

Ohio State will remain Dr. Moore’s home institution while he serves at NSF.

We will launch a national search to identify a new leader for ODI. Until a new leader is in place, Assistant Vice Provost Yolanda Zepeda will serve as interim vice provost for ODI, and Andreá Williams, director of The Women’s Place and associate professor in the Department of English, will serve as interim associate vice provost. They will work alongside the talented and dedicated staff in ODI to continue their important work.

Please join me in sharing our gratitude and congratulations with Dr. Moore. 


Melissa L. Gilliam
Executive Vice President and Provost