PULLMAN, Wash. — Felicia Gaskins will take over the role of associate vice provost for Human Relations and Diversity at Washington State University on Sept. 15.

Gaskins, who since 1992 has been assistant vice provost and assistant vice president for human relations and diversity, will take the position in place of Ernestine Madison, who is taking on a special assignment.

“Felicia Gaskins’ experience and talent will assure the leadership necessary for the improvement of human relations and the appreciation of diversity at WSU,” said Ronald Hopkins, academic vice president and provost. “She brings significant dedication and experience to these new responsibilities. She has had direct administrative responsibility over programs for conflict resolution, diversity education and employee assistance.”

Gaskins has worked as director of the Office of International Education, 1990-91; assistant to the provost for diversity, 1991-92; and served as administrator of the Center for Human Rights, 1992-93.

Hopkins said Madison, who is retiring from WSU in May 2001, will take an assignment in Mississippi where she has numerous contacts with Southeastern universities and historically black colleges and universities. Madison will work to develop links between WSU and those institutions. She will be working with WSU Admissions, the Graduate School and the Office of Multicultural Student Services to implement student recruitment strategies in the Southeast.

Madison has served the university as vice provost for human relations and resources, and most recently as associate vice president for administration and assistant to the president for human relations and diversity. “She has been a gracious and significant force in the development of plans and actions to diversify the students, faculty and staff, and programs of Washington State University,” said Hopkins.