Nichelle D. Perkins, a human resource professional with a strong background in equal employment opportunity and affirmative action laws, as well as ADA compliance and conflict management, is joining West Virginia University as the deputy diversity officer for equity assurance.
Perkins, whose appointment was effective immediately, will report to Chief Diversity Officer David Fryson as part of a restructured Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, replacing the former Office for Social Justice.
Perkins comes to WVU from Palatine, Ill., where she was business operations and human resources manager with Concord Crossroads, a business serving disabled veterans. She also teaches strategic management and human resources management in the MBA program at the University of Phoenix.
She has strong ties to West Virginia and WVU, having served as the project manager for the legislatively mandated personnel study to restructure the 20-year-old classification/compensation system for the Higher Education Policy Commission from 2006-2009.
Before that, she was director of human resources at BrickStreet Mutual Insurance and served in leadership roles at two state agencies: director of human resources at the West Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission and director of the West Virginia Division of Personnel.
At WVU, Perkins taught employment law and workplace and diversity-related courses in the WVU College of Business and Economics graduate management program, and was an extension clinical professor and social justice administrator at WVU.
Perkins earned a political science degree from the University of California at Los Angeles and a law degree from the University of Iowa. She has completed many professional certifications in diversity courses and training, and was selected as a Ford Fellow Scholar to attend professional development training in Ghana.