About James E. Page Jr.
James E. Page Jr. is Vanderbilt University’s vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer. In this role, Page works closely with the chancellor and senior administration to cultivate a campus community that embraces the values of equity, diversity and inclusion.
An engineer by training, Page brings an analytic, quantifiable approach to diversity and inclusion, with a strong record of designing programs that foster employee engagement, boost productivity and yield tangible returns on investment while furthering the goals of equity and mutual understanding. His 20-year career includes roles in human resources, government relations, technology, community engagement and health care.
Prior to joining Vanderbilt in August 2018, Page served as vice president and chief diversity officer for Johns Hopkins Medicine where he oversaw all diversity and inclusion policy and planning across multiple hospitals, health care groups and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His efforts at Johns Hopkins led to an increase of women in senior leadership positions from 44 to 55 percent, the launching of a Center for Transgender Health and a marked statistical improvement of employee engagement and positive diversity perspectives across all entities within Johns Hopkins Medicine. As a result of his leadership, Johns Hopkins Medicine received the 2017 Innovations in Diversity and Inclusion award from Profile in Diversity Journal, which also awarded Page the 2018 Diversity Leader Award. He was also recognized with the 2017 Senior Executive award from the National Association of Healthcare Executives and the National Diversity Council’s Diversity Champion award.
Page was with Dell Inc., for more than 10 years, where he led the company’s global diversity, global ethics, compliance and privacy organizations. This work included leading the development and strategic operations of a global multi-national program and the creation and implementation of strategies to address the changing business landscape for Dell’s operations in the U.S. and in 116 other countries in the wake of the Enron ethics scandals and key Supreme Court decisions. His work at Dell Inc. led to the company being recognized with the Top Innovator in Global Diversity award.
An expert on large-scale diversity operations in business, health care and higher education, Page served on the Corporate Advisory Committee for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the Disparities in Healthcare subcommittee and former Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell’s Workforce Investment Board Leadership Council.
He has been featured on NPR, as well as in Insights into Diversity, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, and Becker’s Hospital Review. He was also a contributor to the Prentice Hall casebook, Public Speaking in the Age of Diversity.
Page holds a bachelor’s degree in computer technology from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a lifetime member of the National Black MBA Association and has served on the boards of the Baltimore Education Scholarship Trust, the United Way of Central Indiana, the Milagro House Women’s Shelter and the Texas NAACP.