University of Tulsa President Steadman Upham has announced that Jacqueline Higgs Caldwell will serve as TU’s inaugural vice president for diversity and engagement beginning July 1.
Caldwell currently serves as associate vice president and director of Presidential Scholars Program. She has been part of the TU family for nearly 10 years — first as a visiting professor in the College of Law where she taught torts, comparative and constitutional law, and then serving in an administrative capacity in the Office of the President. Caldwell brings considerable experience working with multiple constituencies on campus in a senior administrative capacity.
“A much more diverse group of students will be coming to college over the next decade and beyond,” Upham said. “Many of these applicants will be the first in their family to attend college and some will need significant financial assistance to make their dream of a college education a reality.”
Diversity is fundamental to The University of Tulsa’s institutional excellence. At its May meeting, the TU Board of Trustees underscored its interest in focusing on diversity. Meanwhile, TU Faculty Senate at its most recent meeting recommended the creation of a chief diversity officer position in the senior administration to lead our efforts in recruiting and retaining a more diverse faculty, staff and students.
Caldwell holds law degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Paris. She held attorney-adviser positions with the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Information Agency and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In her current position as associate vice president, Caldwell manages the Presidential Scholars Program and provides strategic guidance and leadership on the full range of university matters addressed in the President’s Office including but not limited to internationalization, enrollment management, dispute resolution and enterprise risk management.
As the university’s ex-officio representative to the National Association of College and University Attorneys, Caldwell advises the president and vice presidents on high-level policy matters. She earned a certificate from the Harvard Institute for Educational Management in 2011 and has been admitted to the bar in Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.