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Finalists for the equity director and Title IX coordinator visit campus

June 18, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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Four finalists for the new Office of Institutional Equity director and Title IX coordinator will visit campus June 20 thru July 7.

The director will serve as the central resource for all constituencies on issues related to protected class discrimination, harassment and Title IX. The director will develop and oversee a comprehensive program for Title IX discrimination and harassment compliance and educational outreach for students, faculty and staff.

The position will also conduct, coordinate and ensure the timely completion of the university's response and investigation of complaints including harassment and discrimination.

Kathleen A. Grimes is the Title IX coordinator and assistant advisor to the president at the Marine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine. She earned a law degree in 1994 from Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, Pa., and a bachelor’s in accounting from Pennsylvania State University, State College in 1985. For more information see the CV at the right.

Laura Lindstrand is a policy analyst with the Washington State Human Rights Commission in Olympia, Wash. She earned a law degree in 1994 from the University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Mich. Lindstrand also earned a bachelor’s in political science in history in 1991 from the University of Michigan. For more information see the attached CV at the right.

Andrew John Tevington is assistant general counsel to the Regional University System of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City and a court-registered mediator. Tevington earned a master of divinity from the Phillips Technological Seminary in Tulsa, Okla., in 2001 and his law degree from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, in 1985. He earned an undergraduate degree in journalism in 1980 from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. For more information see the attached CV at the right.

Joe Arvizu Rodriguez earned his law degree from Hastings College of Law in San Francisco in 1981 and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1978. Rodriguez works with both the Northern Cheyenne and Omaha Tribal Housing Authorities and has a private law practice specializing in Indian law and institutional and economic development issues. For more information see the attached CV at the right.

Contact: Tracy Ellig (406) 994-5607,