Missouri State University has selected Dr. Algerian Hart as its interim chief diversity officer/assistant to the president. He replaces H. Wes Pratt, who retired Aug. 1.
Hart has served as associate dean/professor of the Graduate College at Missouri State since 2019.
He has a robust academic record related to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), including dozens of publications and presentations in the United States and abroad.
“Algerian has focused much of his academic research and involvement on improving academic success of diverse students,” said Missouri State President Clif Smart. “I’m confident he’ll take that knowledge and expertise to help us be a more inclusive campus.”
Before coming to Missouri State, Hart worked at Western Illinois University, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Seattle Pacific University and the Game Time Foundation in Seattle.
He is a faculty evaluator for the American Council on Education and a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.
“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to step into this role and continue the great work that’s already been established by Wes,” Hart said. “And I’m very much looking forward to working with current and new administrators on our DEI efforts in continuing to cultivate opportunity and access here at MSU.”
Hart has a PhD in educational administration and leadership and a master’s in recreation administration and leisure studies from Washington State University. He has a bachelor’s in sociology from California State University Long Beach.