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Howard Kallem has been appointed as the University’s new Title IX Compliance Coordinator, Brenda Malone, vice chancellor for human resources announced November 1. Kallem was selected to fill the position following a national search, and will start the job on January 2, 2014.

Kallem, a recognized expert in Title IX compliance, is chief regional attorney of the District of Columbia Enforcement Office for the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). OCR is responsible for ensuring civil rights enforcement and compliance with Title IX, as well as other federal nondiscrimination legislation. Kallem has more than 15 years of experience with OCR, as well as 14 years of experience with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

“This high level of experience and expertise makes him the perfect person to head our Title IX compliance efforts,” said Malone.

In addition, Kallem has worked in higher education as a senior equal opportunity specialist at George Mason University. He has a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a juris doctor degree from Catholic University.

As Title IX Compliance Coordinator, Kallem will be responsible for coordinating the University’s compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements under Title IX, the federal legislation that covers gender discrimination. He will oversee campuswide education, training and outreach around Title IX issues, and coordinate the University’s responses and investigations into Title IX complaints. He will report to Malone in her role as interim equal 0pportunity/ADA director until that position is filled.

“This important area has Chancellor Folt’s full support,” Malone said. “She has made a commitment to expand the resources available to support Title IX compliance by creating a new position that will focus on direct student engagement and programming, as well as creating an additional Title IX investigations position. These positions will be open for recruitment in the very near future. The addition of these new positions, under Howard Kallem’s leadership, will ensure that the University is well positioned to provide a safe and responsive environment for our students and employees, and also play a leadership role in the ongoing conversation about Title IX compliance in higher education.”

In an email message announcing the hiring, Malone thanked Christi Hurt, who has served as interim Title IX coordinator since April, and led the important work of the University’s Title IX Task Force.

Published November 1, 2013.