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Cooley takes new position at Marshall

Jan. 17, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Maurice Cooley is taking on a new role at the helm of a newly restructured department at Marshall University.

Cooley, who has served as director of the Center for African American Students at Marshall for the past 11 years, will take over the role of associate vice president for intercultural affairs on Friday, Jan. 17.

Intercultural affairs is the new name for the former office of multicultural affairs, and the office now reports to the division of academic affairs, according to the university.

"The title of intercultural affairs more accurately reflects the paradigm and the kind of work that we must do in universities in our global society," Cooley said. "And that is to focus on the intercultural process of bringing people together."

He replaces Shari Clarke, the former vice president of multicultural affairs at Marshall, who will take on a new role as vice provost for Diversity and Inclusion at Ohio University later this month.

Since he joined Marshall in 2003, Cooley has created and directed programs and individualized interventions that let to Marshall receiving recognition in 2010 for being among the top-26 rated public universities in the country for the ratio of graduation rates of black to white students.

Cooley also is the chair of the annual Black Diversity Breakfast, the redesign director of the university's Donning of the Kente celebration and a founding member of the Cabell-Wayne County Health Science and Technology Academy local governing board, on which he still serves.

"Maurice sincerely cares about the students at Marshall University," Marshall President Stephe Kopp said. "Maurice has big plans and goals in this new role, and I am confident that he will accomplish them all. I look forward to his leadership and the contributions he will make in his new role."

Cooley said he is interested in establishing a center for intercultural affairs featuring an open environment in which students from throughout the world can come to Marshall and seek academic as well as social ventures.

"I am looking forward to working very, very closely with the deans, faculty and certainly the students in the INTO program, with development of immersion programs so they will become an integral part of the Marshall family," Cooley said. "We want them to not just be happy here, but to feel like they are a part of the Marshall family. We need to develop processes and a culture where our students will learn from international students and international students will learn and develop new perspectives about life in America."

Cooley is a two-time graduate of Marshall. He graduated from the university in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in sociology, which he put to use as a psychology specialist during his three-year active duty in the U.S. Army. He returned to Marshall and earned his master of arts degree in counseling in 1975.

Prior to coming to Marshall in a professional role, Cooley worked at Prestera Center for Mental Health, where he was a clinician, psychotherapist and program director. He also served as a divorce custody mediator with the local family law court.

The Cooley file

Name: Maurice Cooley.

Title: Associate vice president for Intercultural Affairs at Marshall University.

Hometown: Huntington.

Family: Wife, Deborah Cooley; daughter, Mackenzie; son, Luke.

Other roles at Marshall:

Founding member of the Cabell-Wayne County Health Science Technology Academy local governing board.

Director of the Oustanding Black High School Student Weekend and Scholars Initiative.

Founder and director of Marshall University's Society of Black Scholars.

Redesign director of the Donning of the Kente celebration.

Chair of the annual Diversity Breakfast.

Founder and director of the Black Alumni Connections Network.

Implemented annual Unity Walk, which is part of Marshall's homecoming celebration.

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