Illinois Supreme Court hires diversity and inclusion officer

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court has named a university associate chancellor as a chief diversity and inclusion officer.

Deanie Brown starts the new job for the state’s judicial branch of government in November. She’ll be responsible for developing and implementing ways to create a diverse and inclusive workforce. In a statement, Brown says she’s thrilled for the opportunity “at this time of great awakening.”

The court announced in June that it was creating the position. Brown has been the associate chancellor for access and equal opportunity at the University of Illinois Springfield since 2008.