Elected: 2017
Current Term Ends: 2020
Committees: Academic & Student Affairs, Audit

When James E. Taylor '00 travels the world, he does exactly what you'd think a diversity and inclusion practitioner would do. He spends time with the locals.

"I enjoy going to different cities and countries in which I have a chance to be an outsider," he says. "I enjoy putting myself in vulnerable situations where I can learn the culture of that particular community, from the people who live there." 

James is the chief diversity and inclusion officer at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, a $14 billion health care provider and insurer. Prior to this post, he held similar positions at Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte, North Carolina, and at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California. He says the skills he's developed in the health care industry will help him contribute to the board — and to Ithaca College as a whole.

"I recognize the experience and the platform that Ithaca provided to me — for both personal growth and development as well as for education and learning — that have helped shape my career," James says. "Any opportunity I have to stay connected, to contribute my skill set, and to continue to engage with the campus in a productive way, I certainly want to do so."

James has stayed connected with the college through the years as a member of the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance Board of Advocates; a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, and in particular its Diversity and Inclusion Committee; and as a guest speaker on campus.

He serves his community and his profession, too, as a part of the boards of the National Diversity Council and of Pittsburgh Promise, a nonprofit that helps students and families of the Pittsburgh Public Schools plan, prepare, and pay for education beyond high school.

James currently resides in Pittsburgh, and received his master's and doctoral degrees in organizational psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University.