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VC Felicia A. Washington takes new HR post at USC

Felicia Washington
(Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Felicia A. Washington, vice chancellor for workforce strategy, equity and engagement, will leave Carolina at the end of the academic year to assume a new post as senior vice president for human resources at the University of Southern California. There she will join Carol L. Folt, Carolina Chancellor from 2013 to January 2019, who will take office as USC’s new president on July 1.

Becci Menghini, senior associate vice chancellor, will lead the division until a new vice chancellor is hired.

“Throughout her tenure, Felicia has been an earnest and steadfast advocate for Carolina’s students, faculty and staff, and a dedicated colleague, friend and counselor to so many beyond the two of us. Her impact on our campus will continue long after her departure,” wrote Interim Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Robert A. Blouin in a May 2 campus email. “Felicia has worked tirelessly to make Carolina a place driven by a culture of respect, engagement and inclusion.”

A 1987 graduate of Carolina, Washington earned her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. She was a partner in the Charlotte Office of K&L Gates LLP, a global law firm, integrating that firm’s predecessor, Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman in 1990.

A former member of the University Board of Trustees, Washington joined Carolina in 2014 as the first vice chancellor of the newly created Division of Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement. The division brought together the offices of human resources, equal opportunity and compliance and diversity and inclusion.

At Carolina, she was a key leader in the NCAA and Wainstein investigations; the comprehensive redesign, development and implementation of a new policy on prohibited discrimination, harassment and related misconduct; and the related resolution with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights on the University’s Title IX program. Washington also helped lead the reframing of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and brought the CEO Action Unconscious Bias Bus Tour to campus earlier this year.