Marshall Rose

MARSHALL ROSE has worked professionally and in his community on diversity, equity and associated issues, for most of his life. For twenty-five years, he held senior administrative responsibility for monitoring diversity and equal opportunity compliance in two higher education institutions. He recently retired as Director of the Office of Equity and Diversity at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Bowling Green, Ohio. He returned to BGSU in 1990 from Central Michigan University (CMU) in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, where he had been the University’s Affirmative Action Officer. From 1980 to 1986 he was an Assistant Director in the BGSU Career Planning and Placement Office. Prior to joining the Placement Office, he was the EEO and Public Relations Officer for the Economic Opportunity Planning Association of Greater Toledo, Inc. from 1978 to 1980.

At BGSU, he served on a number of important University administrative committees, including the President’s Advisory Council, Equal Opportunity Committee, Human Relations Commission, Diversity Training Coordinating Committee, Committee Against Sexual Offenses, Sexual Harassment Training Task Force, Project F.E.E.D. (Future Educators Encouraging Diversity), and the Department of Social Work Advisory Council. He also served as the advisor to B.A.M.N., a BGSU student organization focusing on social justice activism.

Mr. Rose continues to be active in his professional association, the American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA), holding many elected or appointed leadership positions nationally and in his region. These include: serving several terms as a member of the AAAA national board of directors, election as 2nd Vice President, chairing the national legislative committee, serving as a member of the national conference planning committee, and being elected to several terms as Regional Director for the Association’s Region V, a position he currently holds. Region V includes the states of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Mr. Rose has also been actively involved at the local and state levels in promoting issues of equity, opportunity and diversity. He has been a principal coordinator and organizer of many multi-institutional initiatives involving Northwest Ohio higher education organizations. Among the most notable cooperative ventures he initiated was sponsorship of “Conversations About Race: Higher Education and the American Dilemma”. This five part series of presentations and seminars was jointly hosted by Bowling Green State University, The University of Toledo, Medical University of Ohio and Owens Community College. The series was sponsored as a part of President Clinton’s national dialogue on race. Other initiatives have included, sponsorship of workshops, presentations, or teleconferences on such topics as sexual harassment and diversity in higher education. For the past 15 years, he has played a leading role in organizing and sponsoring “The State of the State”, an annual statewide conference evaluating issues of equity, opportunity, and diversity. STATE XV will be held March 24, 2011 on the campus of Rhodes State College in Lima, Ohio.

In addition to being very active professionally, Mr. Rose has a long history of involvement in community efforts seeking to promote diversity, and to further inclusion and representation of historically excluded groups. He is currently president of the board of directors for the Toledo Fair Housing Center and the Northwest Ohio Development Agency. (NODA) Additionally, he served as vice chair for the Toledo Rainbow Coalition, and sits on the board of the Self Expression Teen Theater for Academic and Personal Excellence. He was also identified by Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Northwest Ohio to assist with a special outreach effort to find mentors for African American youth. He was a member of the Board of Community Relations’ Council on Diversity in Employment (CODE) and a member of the City of Toledo’s Affirmative Action Steering Committee. He served as the Chair of the Million Man March Local Organizing Committee for Toledo and Northwest Ohio, and was a former director and trustee with Save Our Children, Inc. of Toledo, under whose auspices he hosted the weekly WKLR radio program, “Rolemodels”.

Mr. Rose has done numerous presentations and speeches on diversity, affirmative action, EEO and associated topics. He has also done training for educational, nonprofit and private industry organizations in such areas as diversity, race relations, and sexual harassment. A few of these organizations include, the Michigan State Affirmative Action Association, Indiana Affirmative Action Association, Toledo American Red Cross, Bluffton College, Henry Ford Community College, City of Toledo, The University of Toledo, Ohio Half-Way House Association, Midwest Association of College Admissions Officers, National Basketball Development League, Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority, Paul Quinn College, Wright State University, Western Illinois University, University of Missouri at Rolla, Bowling Green Senior High School, Rhodes State College, The Saginaw News, the Monroe County Independent School District, and the Fostoria Kiwanis Club. He is also routinely invited to speak and or participate in many programs and services honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as celebrations and activities commemorating African American History.

Mr. Rose has received a number of honors in recognition of his community and professional contributions. They include: Induction into Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society, Volunteer of the year from the Toledo chapter of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals, Impact Newsmaker Award from the Northwest Ohio Black Media Association, 2010 Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth Humanitarian Award from the State-of-the-State Conference, and the 2011 Drum Major for Peace Award from the Human Relations Commission of Bowling Green, Ohio.

He is a graduate of Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, Texas, where he received an Associates of Arts degree. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work from Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and a Master of Social Work degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.