One of Anderson University's strategic priorities is to build intercultural responsiveness and to employ more faculty and staff who bring ethnic and cultural diversity. Toward that goal, Dr. Aleza Beverly has accepted a new appointment as dean of intercultural engagement.
"Dr. Beverly has the right academic credentials, experience, and knowledge of the community and Church of God to assist Anderson University in advancing our commitment to intercultural responsiveness," said Provost Dr. Marie Morris. "As dean of intercultural engagement we will look to Dr. Beverly to build a network of relationships toward the goal of advancing the recruitment and retention of faculty and staff who bring ethnic and cultural diversity."
In her new role, Beverly will work collaboratively with the AU Human Resources staff and other hiring managers to promote, advertise, interview, hire, and retain individuals who add to the university's institutional ethnic diversity. The new position also serves Anderson University internally and externally through community and church partnerships that strengthen the university's commitment to intercultural engagement. Beverly also serves on the Anderson University MOSAIC team, which works to create an interculturally responsive campus environment.
"This calling of community transformation is a challenge that requires commitment, passion, resources, persistence, and much prayer. As I begin this new position, I am humbled by the importance of this task and know that it is not my task alone — it is a shared calling that requires a shared response," said Beverly. "Building on the progress that has been made in promoting racial reconciliation and ethnic diversity on campus and the good work of the MOSAIC Committee, I look forward to seeing what God has in store for Anderson University. We can rest in the promise of God doing more than we could ever ask or think."
Prior to her new assignment, Beverly worked for 24 years leading adult student programs at Anderson University and has taught multiple business courses as an adjunct instructor. She worked in human resources management before coming to AU.
"It has been a joy to work with adult students for the past 24 years," said Beverly. "I will forever treasure the memories of walking closely with those committed to transforming their lives while attaining their degree. "
Beverly is an alumna of Anderson University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1983. She earned a Master of Science in Management from the International College of the Cayman Islands in 1986, a Master of Arts in Adult, Community, and Higher Education from Ball State University in 1996, and a doctorate in Adult, Community, and Higher Education from Ball State University in 2004.
Beverly is a member of the Indiana Council for Continuing Education, serving as secretary (1996-1998) and president (2000-2002). She served on the liaison board of Ivy Tech Community College in the mid-1990s. Beverly is an active member of the Sherman Street Church of God, serving on the board of elders and executive committee.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.