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As national search for new LGBT Center Director continues, Micah McCarey to replace Ty Carr in interim role

Carr has accepted new role in University Advancement, will assist with transition through June 30


Micah McCarey, who serves as Assistant Director for East Green and Diversity Initiatives, has been named Interim Director of the LGBT Center. McCarey, a longtime employee in the Division of Student Affairs, also has prior experience at the institution in Housing and Residence Life and the Office of the Ombuds. McCarey, who is set to complete interdisciplinary doctoral studies in decision-making in December 2019, previously completed a Master of Arts for interdisciplinary studies in human development and a Bachelor of Science for studies in organizational and interpersonal communication.

“After fifteen years of supporting equity and social justice efforts in Athens and at Ohio University, I feel incredibly optimistic about reconnecting students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members, and other supporters to our growing LGBT Center,” said McCarey. “I am also excited to support Dr. Secuban's goals of illuminating existing networks of support for LGBTQ+ persons across our campuses and highlighting opportunities to contribute to our university's pathway to inclusive excellence.”

McCarey will begin his new role on May 13, 2019, and will serve as Interim Director as the University engages in a new national search for a permanent Center Director. This announcement comes after a national search for a new Center Director was not able to successfully yield the next leader of this important position in the Division of Diversity and Inclusion.

“While this search did not have the conclusion we had hoped for, it does not diminish the incredible work of the search committee and Dr. Jeremy Webster, who served as its chair. I want to thank them for their commitment to diversity and inclusion,” said Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Gigi Secuban.

The commitment to the LGBT community remains strong as the University has grown the staffing of the Center through the creation of new positions and the hiring of the Assistant Director Jan Huebenthal and Accounting Support Associate Becky Arnold.  “Jan and Becky have been wonderful additions to the LGBT Center staff. We appreciate all that they do and their dedication to supporting our students and LGBT community,” said Dr. Secuban.

A renewed search for the LGBT Center Director will begin in the fall. “I am mindful that we are at the end of the academic year, and students, faculty and staff participation will be essential in this process. I am pleased that Cynthia Anderson, Professor of Sociology and Director of Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies will chair the renewed search which will begin this fall semester to provide our community with the opportunity to share feedback during the process,” said Dr. Secuban.

McCarey is assuming his new role following the announcement that Ty Carr, who most recently served as Interim Director of the Center since January 2019, has accepted a new position in University Advancement. He will serve out his contract as Interim Director of the LGBT Center through June 30 to assist with the transition. His appointment in Advancement begins May 15.

“I greatly appreciate Ty's service as Interim Director of the LGBT Center. He provided key leadership during an important time of transition. He continues to be an invaluable member of the team, and I look forward to our continued partnership in his new role with the University,” said Dr. Secuban.

In this new role, Carr will pursue his passion of leading planning efforts for the triennial Black Alumni Reunion, the next of which takes place in September 2019. He will also lead other advancement opportunities focused on engagement and support of our underrepresented student and alumni populations. In his new role with the University, Carr will continue to serve as Executive Director of the Interlink Alliance, with a dual reporting structure to President Nellis.