Dr. Cheryl Chatman will deliver the commencement address for Concordia University, St. Paul’s 2013 Graduate Programs ceremony May 11 at 2 p.m. in the Gangelhoff Center. Chatman currently serves Concordia as Executive Vice President and Dean of Diversity.
In her role at Concordia Dr. Chatman provides vision and leadership for the university’s diversity efforts through creative programming, consultation and partnership with faculty, staff and administrators. Her office sponsors cross-cultural programs and activities that provide opportunities for meaningful dialogue, appreciation, trust and respect for students from all cultures and backgrounds by creating and sustaining supportive relationships with students and significant public constituencies.
Dr. Chatman is active in the community, serving as a member of the Minnesota Chapter of the Association of Black Women in Higher Education and the Governor’s Commission for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. She also serves on the boards of ARTS US and the Lutheran Education Foundation of Minnesota. Dr. Chatman has been on numerous planning committees for various diversity, intercultural and leadership training events and conferences for faculty, staff and students.
She earned her Ed.D. degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and holds degrees from Iowa State University and Bethune-Cookman College. Dr. Chatman is married to Rev. Kelly Chatman, senior pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, Minn.