Pearce named interim leader of institutional equity and compliance

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Pearce named interim leader of institutional equity and compliance

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Marc Pearce

Marc Pearce has been selected to serve in an interim role as the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s associate to the chancellor for institutional equity and compliance.

The appointment was announced Aug. 20 by Chancellor Ronnie Green. Pearce has served as an administrator in the College of Law since 2014, most recently as assistant dean for student affairs and administration. Pearce replaces Jake Johnson, who recently accepted a position at Southern Utah University.

“Marc has demonstrated outstanding leadership and dedication in his work supporting our students within the College of Law,” Green said. “I am confident that his background in social psychology and the law profession will help our Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance continue to meet the needs of our campus community during this time of transition.”

Along with serving as director of the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance, the position oversees university compliance with affirmative action, equal opportunity, civil rights and higher education laws — including Title IX, Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act — and other federal and state laws. The position also works with senior leadership to guarantee the university offers an ethical work environment free from all forms of discrimination and harassment.

The position directs administrative functions and operations of the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance. It is responsible for leading 10 staff employees, including the university’s Title IX coordinator and Americans with Disabilities Act/504 Compliance officer.

“The staff of the Institutional Equity and Compliance office is committed to integrity and strives to instill in our community a sense of accountability to legal and ethical responsibilities,” Pearce said. “I am excited to join this team of outstanding professionals.”

A Nebraska graduate, Pearce served as a law clerk to Warren K. Urbom, senior United States district court judge, for nearly 14 years.

Before joining the College of Law as assistant dean in 2014, Pearce served there as an adjunct instructor for legal writing for four years. He also has several years of experience teaching undergraduate psychology and litigation courses at the University of Nebraska and other institutions.

Pearce is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association, Robert Van Pelt American Inn of Court, Lincoln Bar Association, and American Psychological Association. He graduated from Nebraska’s College of Law in 1999 and earned a doctorate in social psychology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 2008.

Details on a search for the associate to the chancellor for institutional equity and compliance will be announced.

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