As the Vice President for the University Community, OU alumnus Jabar Shumate has oversight over all diversity programs within the University, including admissions. He is in close communication with the Office of Student Affairs to stay updated on all activities aimed at making campus life more inclusive, and he will works directly with the University of Oklahoma President, David L. Boren, and with the deans to broaden the pool of applicants for faculty and staff positions.
Upon graduation from OU and prior to Vice President Shumate career in public service, he served as Press Secretary to the OU President. He then served four terms in the Oklahoma House of Representatives before being elected to the state Senate on November 6, 2012.
Vice President Shumate held leadership positions in the Oklahoma legislative black caucus. He also serves as a member of the board of trustees for the National Urban League. He is also active in national conferences such as NCORE, AAC&U, and NACADA Region 7.
Jabar, who has a passion for improving education, serves on the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Board of Directors. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Affairs and Administration and a Master’s Degree in Human Relations, both from OU.
“Jabar Shumate has been a University of Oklahoma student leader, an OU employee, a state legislative leader, and a civil rights leader. In each of those roles, he has been a successful, thoughtful and creative advocate for social justice.”
- George Henderson, first African American dean at the University of Oklahoma