Diversity Leadership: Donnie J. Perkins, University Hospitals

Donnie J. Perkins

Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion

University Hospitals

Donnie Perkins is the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at University Hospitals, Cleveland Ohio. He was appointed by CEO, Thomas F. Zenty III in December 2010.

Mr. Perkins reports to the CEO and serves as a key member of the senior leadership team. He works collaboratively with key stakeholders to integrate diversity and inclusion into the fabric of the organization in support of the UH mission, vision and core values. He oversees the coordination of diversity and inclusion initiatives across the system. His duties include creating and coordinating a strategic approach to diversity and inclusion, providing leadership and focus for diversity affairs, developing and leading a system-wide structural framework for diversity efforts, creating and managing a measurement system that represents a meaningful benchmark for diversity and inclusion efforts; serves as a liaison between UH community organizations, businesses and agency leaders, and establishes new partnerships with external constituencies.

Prior to joining the leadership team at University Hospitals, Mr. Perkins served as Dean and Director of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity at Northeastern University in Boston, MA for 13 years.

Mr. Perkins is currently pursing a Doctorate in Law and Policy at Northeastern University. Mr. Perkins is a graduate of Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio and received a Masters of Science in Executive Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Hartford, Conn. Mr. Perkins was a Ford Foundation Fellow in the Education Policy Fellowship Program, completed the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Management Development Program in 1998 and the American Association of Colleges and University’s Millennium Leadership Institute in 2002.

Mr. Perkins is a member of the Board of Directors for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District School of Science and Medicine. Mr. Perkins is a current member of the National Association of Chief Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) and Institute for Diversity in Health Management. Mr. Perkins was a member of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Eastern Massachusetts and served as Chair of the Board’s Diversity Committee.

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