Mission and Charge

USF St. Petersburg Campus Diversity Officer

Michelle Madden, campus diversity officer

Dr. Michelle Madden currently serves as the Campus Diversity Officer.  In this role, Dr. Madden uses quantitative, qualitative, and interpersonally collected data to plan, guide, and advise the Regional Chancellor and other campus leaders on diversity, equity, inclusion matters.  

With USF's St. Petersburg campus Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan and the USF Principles of Community as guides, Dr. Madden collaborates with senior leaders across the university to further equity, diversity, and inclusion goals to operationalize our core pillar of Inclusive Community. Intersecting with all areas of the institution, including Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Human Resources, Dr. Madden implements and monitors strategic initiatives designed to educate and ensure fair and equitable treatment of students, faculty and staff.

Dr. Madden chairs the USF St. Petersburg campus Chancellor’s Advisory Diversity and Inclusion Committee (CADIC) and serves as a fundamental part of the USF Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Office.  Across USF, Dr. Madden is engaged in the USF Council on Black Affairs (COBA) and serves as an Equal Opportunity Liaison. Dr. Madden also participates in several community steering committees, including LEAP Tampa Bay, the Inclusive St. Petersburg District Innovation Council, and the Concerned Organization for Quality Education for Black Students (COQEBS).

Prior to consolidation, Michelle served in the capacity of Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment and USF's St. Petersburg campus accreditation liaison to our accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).  Michelle continues to be involved in strategic planning, working to implement a comprehensive approach to institutional effectiveness by using relevant data measures to gauge and improve metrics of institutional and student success that focus on institutional success and achievement for students, faculty, and staff.

Earlier in her career, Dr. Madden worked at the University of Tampa, and as an educator / leader in P-12, serving in various capacities from classroom teacher to district administrator.
Dr. Madden received her Doctorate of Education in School Improvement from the University of West Georgia, Master’s degree in Education from Georgia State University, and Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Albany.