Dr. Lawrence A. Q. Burnley was appointed University of Dayton’s inaugural vice president for diversity and inclusion on July 1, 2016. Previously, Dr. Lawrence Burnley served as the Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Asst. Professor of History at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. He is also president and co-founder of Inclusive Engagements, LLC.
From 2005 to 2009, Dr. Burnley served as the associate dean for multicultural programs and special assistant to the provost for diversity affairs at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. At both Whitworth and Messiah, Dr. Burnley was the inaugural chief diversity officer. In addition to a doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Burnley has a master’s of divinity degree from the Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. He specializes in drawing intellectual and theological perspectives together to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion strategies both on and off the college campus.
A Cleveland native, Burnley earned his bachelor’s degree in African-American Studies with a concentration in history from the University of Cincinnati. His research specialties include multicultural issues in education; African and African-American church history, church administration and pastoral care; and the history of American education, with a focus on African-American education during the antebellum, reconstruction and progressive eras.