James A. Felton III is an accomplished educator, practitioner-scholar, author, mentor, national diversity and inclusion leader, and the inaugural Vice President for Inclusive Excellence at The College of New Jersey. Named the Top Chief Diversity Officer of 2019, James joins TCNJ from SUNY Cortland, where he served as Chief Diversity Officer and established faculty recruitment pipelines, a education and bias response team, and several campus community programs. James has managed several scholarship and mentoring programs for underrepresented students at a number of selective private liberal arts colleges and state-system universities across the country; and he has collaborated with corporate, nonprofit and federal agencies and NGOs to promote international programs and initiatives on diversity and social justice.
A frequent conference and workshop presenter, James has been a member of the National Advisory Council for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity since 2014. In 2016, Felton participated in the White House Convening on Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education, sponsored by the White House Domestic Policy Council in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education. He is the co-author of the book Inclusive Directions: The Role of the Chief Diversity Officer in Community College Leadership. James completed his BA and MS degrees from McDaniel College in Psychology and Education Administration. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Global Leadership from Indiana Institute of Technology.
Kerri Thompson Tillett, Esq. joined the College of New Jersey in February 2011 as the Director of EEO & Affirmative Action. She has also served as Director of Compliance, Title IX Officer, Associate Vice President of Human Resources and is currently the Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion. Prior to joining TCNJ, Kerri directed the EEO program at a large state agency, ensuring that EEO complaints were promptly investigated and that appropriate systems were in place to create inclusive and equitable working environments. Kerri has over a decade’s experience practicing labor and employment law in the federal government and private practice, particularly on issues of discrimination and harassment. By leveraging her diverse strengths, Kerri has brought enormous value to her roles in government, law, and higher education.
Her strengths as a investigator and negotiator, effective communicator, collaborator, strategist, creative problem solver, and complex thinker have allowed her to successfully navigate challenging situations that organizational stakeholders encounter. Possessing great emotional intelligence, Kerri develops results-driven solutions based upon her deep knowledge of both institutional and student needs. Kerri is a graduate of Vassar College and obtained her Juris Doctorate from Tulane University School of Law. She is a member of several boards and organizations in the surrounding community, is active in her church, and enjoys spending time with her family.
Marvin A. Carter, a seasoned veteran of The College of New Jersey, proudly joins the Division of Inclusive excellence as Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Marvin previously served as Residence Director of Wolfe Hall for five years, where he garnered a reputation for affability, sincerity, and commitment to students’ well-being. Marvin is also an alum of the College, having earned his second Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (Ed.S) from TCNJ in 2016; he received his first — in Student Affairs & Counseling — from Bloomsburg University in 2013. Prior to his return to TCNJ, Marvin served as Academic Adviser and Business School Liaison in the Rutgers University Honors College.
Marvin returns to TCNJ with a wealth of experience and proven ability to affect major departmental and organizational change. His deep knowledge of TCNJ’s systems and culture enables him to both continue the ongoing work of the office and develop new initiatives, mindful of the unique needs of the campus community. Marvin is ambitious and energetic, eager to work with students in a more collaborative and strategic capacity. In his spare time, Marvin enjoys sleeping, something he has had precious little time for since the recent birth of his daughter. He is also an avid musician, Disney buff, and semi-competitive Monopoly player.