Crystal McCormick Ware Named Inaugural Chief Diversity Officer

Duquesne President Ken Gormley has named Crystal McCormick Ware as the University's first chief diversity officer and senior advisor to the president for diversity, equity and inclusion, effective Jan. 5, 2022.

McCormick Ware has served as director of diversity and inclusion initiatives at the University of Pittsburgh Library System since 2004. She is responsible for these initiatives for more than 250 faculty, staff and students on five campuses, including four regional campus libraries. In that role, McCormick Ware developed diversity programming and training for the entire system and led University Library System-driven diversity efforts throughout the larger academic community.

"I'm grateful to our search committee for presenting an excellent pool of applicants for this extremely important position at Duquesne," said Gormley. "I'm delighted that Crystal McCormick Ware will be returning to the University where she holds two degrees and has a long history of service. Her extensive experience collaborating with faculty, staff and students at Pitt has prepared her well to help shape this new role at Duquesne. Crystal's deep community networks and connections also will help us continue to connect and work side-by-side with the city residents among whom our students and faculty live, learn and work."

In addition to her work in diversity and inclusion, McCormick Ware previously held marketing and communications roles at times in the University of Pittsburgh Library System. She was director and field instructor with the University Community Career Development Partnership Project of Pitt's School of Social Work and executive director of Pittsburgh's Urban Youth Action, Inc. McCormick Ware started her career at Duquesne, working in admissions and coordinating multicultural programs.

"Diversity and inclusion has been my life's work throughout my academic and not-for-profit careers, and I look forward to more of this important work in a deeper capacity at Duquesne University," said McCormick Ware. "Duquesne was where I launched my professional career, and I am honored to come full circle and return to continue this important work as the University has committed itself to an action plan with broad reach for the benefit of all who are part of the Duquesne community."

Well known for her community involvement, McCormick Ware is a founding member of the Greater Pittsburgh Higher Education Diversity Consortium. The organization, launched in 2014 with Duquesne as the host institution for several years, comprises diversity and inclusion professionals at colleges and universities in Southwestern Pennsylvania