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University Appoints New VP of Administrative and Business Affairs & Chief Diversity Officer


Two new employees are joining the Jacksonville State University family. Jai Ingraham has been named the university's first Chief Diversity Officer and Ashok Roy has been selected as the new Vice President of Administrative and Business Affairs.

Dr. Ashok Roy, native to India, joins JSU as Vice President of Administrative and Business Affairs after serving as Vice President for Finance and Administration for the University of Alaska System. Other previous positions include Assistant Vice President for Finance at Kennesaw State University, Director of Finance and Administration at Indiana University, Director of Finance and Administration for the City of Chattanooga, and Assistant Director for Finance and Director of Compliance for the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. In addition to his higher education finance experience, he has held positions at Citizens State Bank of Jasper, Tenn.; TVA Federal Credit Union of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and the Bank of Baroda, India.

Roy is a Certified Bank Auditor, Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Financial Services Auditor. He holds a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Ranchi, India; a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Calcutta, India; a Master of Arts in public administration from Utkal University, India; a Master of Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; a Master of Science in adult education from Indiana University; and a Ph.D. in business from Sardar Patel University, India.

His first day of work is March 14.

Jai Ingraham, a Miami native, currently serves as assistant director of Equal Opportunity Programs and Diversity at Florida International University. He previously served as a social science teacher, assistant principal and compliance coordinator for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. An accomplished public speaker, he is president and CEO of I-Inspire, Inc., a professional development and organizational enhancement firm. 

Ingraham received a B.A. in political science at Florida International in 2001, a Master of Public Administration at Clark Atlanta University in 1999, and is waiting to defend his dissertation and receive his educational doctorate at St. Thomas University.

In his new role at JSU, Ingraham will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of diversity and inclusion – equal employment opportunities, diversity programs, ADA compliance, Affirmative Action and Title IX – working to ensure the university’s working and learning environment is free from unlawful discrimination and harassment.

His first day of work is March 7.

As announced Friday morning, Greg Seitz has had the “interim” removed from his title of Athletic Director – a role he has held for the past 14 months and served in a total of three times throughout his 23-year career at JSU. The university also began interviewing finalists for the new position of Vice President of Enrollment Management this week. 

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