It is with great enthusiasm and gratitude that I announce the appointment of Dr. James McShay as the next Assistant Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion at UW Tacoma.
My enthusiasm comes from Dr. McShay’s outstanding record of accomplishments and his perceptive analysis of the challenges and opportunities at UW Tacoma based on his visit with us in January. My gratitude stems from the diligent work of each member of the search committee, including the outstanding leadership of Karl Smith and Sharon Fought who co-chaired the search. I am also extremely grateful for the leadership of Dr. Deirdre Raynor in her service as Interim Assistant Chancellor as well as the committed work of all the staff in Equity & Inclusion that have carried the load since Dr. Sharon Parker retired last March.
Dr. McShay’s journey to Tacoma crisscrosses the continent. He was born and raised in New York City, where he attended public and parochial schools. He received his undergraduate degree from SUNY Oswego on the shores of Lake Ontario north of Syracuse, N.Y. For his Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees, he was lured to Iowa State University, in Ames, almost exactly in the center of the Cyclone State and almost in the center of our country as well.
Iowa State was also James’s first career home for eight years. At ISU, James served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education in Multicultural & International Curriculum Studies, held several curricular, co-curricular and administrative positions and built a record as an able and trustworthy colleague committed to issues of equity and inclusion.
Beginning in 2009, Dr. McShay moved back across the country eastward when he took on the role of Associate Director of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union-Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland’s flagship campus in College Park. Here he also served as an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the College of Education. Over the course of his nine years at the University of Maryland, he directed the Office of Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy, oversaw the Office of Leadership & Community Service Learning, served on or chaired two UMD President’s Commissions, and co-chaired the university’s Bias Incident Taskforce. And these are just highlights from his long and distinguished résumé.
Dr. McShay will begin his UW Tacoma position on June 6. He will be moving to Tacoma with his spouse, their son, who will be attending middle school, and their daughter, who will launch her career, having just graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.S. degree in Middle School Math & Science Education. Please welcome them as the newest members of our Husky family!