Advocate. Edwin Marshall is leading the charge to double minority enrollment at Indiana University by 2013.
As IU’s vice president of diversity, equity, and multicultural affairs, he oversees matters concerning diversity, equity, and multicultural affairs on all IU campuses and more specific responsibilities at IU Bloomington, including relevant academic support services, K-12 outreach initiatives, student enrollment and retention initiatives, and diversity and equity efforts.
One of Marshall’s most immediate responsibilities after replacing Charlie Nelms in August of 2007 was to ensure the continued success of programs previously overseen by Nelms that reach out to minority students in elementary, middle, and high schools. These programs show students that college is a real possibility for them after high school.
“Students come to universities for many reasons,” Marshall said. “One of those reasons is faculty. They represent the mission of the university. If we have more diverse faculty within the academic units of the university, it is a good vehicle for helping to attract students from those diverse backgrounds.”
IU President Michael McRobbie noted Marshall’s international expertise and public health background as great assets to his role overseeing and enhancing IU’s diversity effort. “Ed Marshall is an extremely accomplished member of the faculty and a person who has established a truly national and international reputation for academic excellence in his profession,” McRobbie said at the announcement of Marshall’s appointment on July 18, 2007. “I will call upon his considerable expertise and experience in international engagement as we craft our strategy for providing IU students with an even stronger understanding of other nations and cultures.”
This international expertise stems from Marshall’s work as an advisor to the medical faculty of the National University of Malaysia and the Cebu Doctors' College, College of Optometry in the Philippines, as well as many other international accomplishments.
Marshall, who also acts as a university marshal at official ceremonies, has served as an optometry professor at IU for more than 30 years and has frequently been recognized for his scholarship, teaching ability, and professional advocacy. A past president of the Indiana Optometric Association and the Indiana Public Health Association, Marshall was named 2007 Optometrist of the Year by the American Optometric Association.
Some of his other honors include the 2006 Optometrist of the Year award from the Indiana Optometry Association (IOA). The IOA previously honored him with the Distinguished Service to Optometry Award in 1998. In 2001, he received the State Health Commissioner Award for Excellence in Public Health. In 2005, the Indiana governor named him a Distinguished Hoosier, the second-highest honor given by the state.
He has four degrees from Indiana University: Doctor of Optometry, Master of Science, Bachelor of Science in Optometry, and Bachelor of Arts in Zoology. In addition, he holds a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.