Jane Irungu, Utah State University’s first vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, originally learned about USU as a sports fan. “I had never been to Utah before I started interviewing for this position,” she said. “But I was following Utah State very closely, because I’m a college football nerd.”
Now, she is getting a much more in-depth view of USU after starting her new role July 1. “I’m very grateful to be here and for the opportunity to be part of the USU community,” she said. “Folks have been very welcoming.”
Irungu has served as the associate provost of inclusive excellence at the University of Oklahoma. Her previous roles have included interim vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer for that university, as well as assistant vice president in the division of equity and inclusion and director of the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence at the University of Oregon.
She began her career as a high school teacher and then principal in Kenya before moving to the U.S. to pursue graduate studies.