Dr. Mitchell provides leadership for developing and sustaining programs, policies, and initiatives to recruit, retain, review, and advance faculty at the university. She leads and supports efforts to create a welcoming academic environment for faculty, staff, and students of diverse backgrounds and experiences, and directs the university’s faculty mentoring and professional development program. Prior to joining the University of New Hampshire, Wanda was chair and university endowed professor of education at Hampton University. She serves on the Executive Board of the Office of Women in Higher Education; is second vice president of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education; holds membership on the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence; and is past chair of the New Hampshire Women in Higher Education Leadership Network.
Wanda is the recipient of the 2009 Women of Courage and Conviction Award for Education from the National Council of Negro Women-Greater Boston Section. Under her leadership, the University of New Hampshire has been recognized by Minority Access Inc. and the Seacoast Human Resource Association for its demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.