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Diane Crawford Appointed Executive Director for Institutional Culture

Diane Crawford Appointed Executive Director for Institutional Culture

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University recently announced the appointment of Diane Crawford to the newly created position of executive director for institutional culture effective May 6.

“She will play a lead role in advancing a shared commitment to Whitman’s common purpose and core values, helping infuse these foundations into everything we do in alignment with our strategic plan, with a particular emphasis on fostering diversity, inclusion, and a culture of belonging at the school,” said Gene Anderson, dean of the Whitman School.

Crawford most recently served as president of Diversity & Inclusion Professionals of Central Pennsylvania, providing professional development and networking for diversity and inclusion practitioners throughout the region. Her previous roles include diversity & inclusion global manager for the Hershey Company, where her responsibilities included establishing Hershey’s first employee Business Resource Groups: Women, LGBTQ, African American, Latino, Asian American, Veterans, Abilities First and Young Professional. While at Hershey, she was also responsible for developing community partnerships between the company and nationwide community organizations. In addition, she has served as a career advisor for a unique skills-to-work program under the Harrisburg Area Community College Workforce Development Department.

Crawford holds a bachelor’s degree in applied behavioral science and a master’s of education, both from Pennsylvania State University.

Kerri Howell

Kerri is director of communications and media relations for the Whitman School. She is responsible for managing all internal and external communications with students, faculty, staff, alumni, members of the business community and other key stakeholders.After receiving her B.A. from State University of New York at Geneseo, she went on to earn her M.S. in communications management from Syracuse’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where she has served as an adjunct professor in the public relations department since 2004.