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.