After 37 years of distinguished service to The City University of New York, Vice Chancellor Gloriana (Ginger) Waters has decided to retire effective next month.

Ginger has served CUNY in many ways over her long career.  Hired in the Budget Office of the University’s Central Office in 1980, Ginger later moved to City College as Director of Management Analysis and Improvement and then to Lehman College as Executive Assistant to the President. She returned to City College as Deputy to the President and in 1994 was recruited to join CUNY’s Office of Faculty and Staff Relations (OFSR) as Assistant Dean for Affirmative Action. She served in numerous roles in OFSR before being appointed Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Management in 2007.

As Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Management, Ginger has been responsible for developing and implementing all policies and procedures pertaining to the University’s human resources functions, which serve more than 45,000 employees. Among her many accomplishments are the establishment of the University’s Employment Code of Practice, which codified job descriptions and employment procedures across the University, the creation of a New Employee Resource Center on the CUNY website to enhance the onboarding process for new hires, and the launch of an Executive Leadership Program to develop CUNY administrators’ leadership skills.

A passionate advocate of diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education, Ginger is also responsible for multiple initiatives that encourage the exchange of ideas, foster tolerance and enrich campus life. At her recommendation, in 2012 CUNY adopted a Diversity Action Plan to increase diversity and inclusion among the University’s faculty and staff. Under her leadership, OHRM sponsored the biannual Faculty Diversity Conference, which this year drew 300 participants from across the University and more than 3,000 web viewers, launched a mentorship program funded by a Mellon grant to increase the success and professional satisfaction of CUNY’s diverse professoriate, and initiated a series of Faculty Diversity Dialogues aimed at strengthening the faculty recruitment process through education and training. Her excellent work on diversity and inclusion was recently recognized by the Board of Directors of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education with the Frank W. Hale Distinguished Service Award.

We are planning an event to celebrate Ginger’s accomplishments.  In the meantime, please join me in extending to Ginger our deepest gratitude for a job very well done and best wishes for this next chapter.