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Kim Bobby

Kim Bobby

Director, Inclusive Excellence Group

Specialization: Diversity in higher education leadership, higher education access, internationalization, leadership development

Kim Bobby became the director of the Inclusive Excellence Group (IEG) at ACE in July 2012. The goals of IEG include advancing women and people of color into senior leadership roles in higher education and ultimately the college presidency. IEG programs include efforts to create global citizens through exploring internationalization efforts at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and working to foster collaboration between internationalization efforts and diversity/multicultural education.

Before joining ACE, Bobby was chief diversity officer and associate professor in the School of Education at the University of Puget Sound (WA). As the first chief diversity officer for Puget Sound, she held the primary responsibility for coordinating and implementing the university’s strategic plan for diversity and directing early college access and achievement programs.

Bobby also has served in higher education and K–12 leadership roles focused on promoting access and equity in education. This includes being appointed by the chancellor of the New York City public school system to a senior-level cabinet post to research, advise, and provide support for initiatives aimed toward systemic educational reform for the New York City Public Schools. She has also served as a consultant to the College Board, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the College Success Foundation focusing on leadership development, college access, and organizational transformation.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Bobby received her B.A. in business administration management from California State University, Fresno; her master’s in educational administration from California State University, Sacramento; and her doctorate in educational administration and policy studies from the University of Washington in Seattle. ​​