Senior Diversity Officer
Office:Kearney 119
Phone:(585) 385-8236
Marlowe Washington

Dr. Marlowe V.N. Washington was named senior diversity officer at Fisher in 2021. In this senior-level position, Washington reports to the president and serves as a member of the University’s senior staff, overseeing the continuation of the University’s focused efforts supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion. He will collaborate with University stakeholders and operationalize strategic plan goals that aim to develop cultural competency skill sets, diversify the campus through recruitment and retention efforts, strengthen relationships with community leaders, and cultivate an environment that supports belonging.

With a deep passion for theological, diversity and inclusion, and civic engagement, Washington, an ordained elder of the Upper New York Conference of the United Methodist Church, also served on the faculty of religion and philosophy at Roberts Wesleyan University where he specializes in practical theology in the areas of church leadership, urban development, New Testament studies, and diversity and inclusion. As a diversity consultant serving several school districts, he formerly served the Brighton Central School and Wheatland-Chili Central School Districts. He is a trustee emeritus of Keuka College and presently serves on the boards of Hillside Family of Agencies and Junior Achievement, Inc. Wahington was recently appointed by Gov. Kathy Hochul to serve on the Law Enforcement Agency Accreditation Council of New York State— the Council consists of 19 members who adopt standards, set policies and has exclusive authority to grant accreditation to law enforcement agencies in New York State.

Washington holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Francis College, a master’s from the New York Theological Seminary, and a doctor of ministry from Rochester’s Northeastern Seminary. He earned his doctor of education (Ed.D.) in executive leadership from Fisher in 2019; his dissertation focused on executive leadership in higher education, with a concentration on diversity and inclusion.