Pam Heatlie to head Office for Institutional Equity


Pam Heatlie has been appointed the university’s associate vice provost for academic and faculty affairs, senior director for institutional equity and Title IX coordinator. Her appointment, approved Thursday by the Board of Regents, begins immediately.

“Pam emerged as our top candidate after a national search,” says Robert Sellers, vice provost for equity and inclusion. “Her background, training and direct experience make her the ideal person to oversee the Office for Institutional Equity and the vital role it plays in ensuring equal opportunity for all persons without discrimination.”

Heatlie has served in the Office for Institutional Equity for 12 years, most recently as senior associate director and deputy Title IX coordinator. The office provides consultation, training and resources on diversity, harassment and discrimination prevention, affirmative action, equal opportunity and disability matters.

Prior to joining U-M, she was senior assistant general counsel at Oakland University, associate general counsel for the University of Vermont and an attorney at Michigan State University.

“Pam already has deep legal and institutional knowledge and she will collaborate across the university to lead purposeful efforts in equal opportunity, affirmative action and compliance with civil rights laws,” says Laurita Thomas, associate vice president for human resources.

Heatlie earned her undergraduate degree from Wayne State University and her law degree at the U-M Law School. She is experienced in investigation and adjudication, diversity, equity and inclusion, Title IX, affirmative action and other civil rights issues. She is a lecturer at the Law School.

“It’s a tremendous privilege to be selected to lead OIE’s talented staff,” Heatlie says. “The University of Michigan is a national leader in its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and there truly is no better place to engage in this work. I look forward to productive and collaborative partnerships with colleagues across all three campuses.”



  1. Jessica Marsack
    on April 21, 2017 at 8:52 am

    The OIE office is unresponsive, uncaring and protects the University before they even consider the needs of their clients. We were hoping things would change.

  2. Michelle Lewis
    on April 21, 2017 at 9:04 am

    We’ve already had her last 12 years of lack of availability, lack of commitment to U-M students. Is she going to continue to be allowed to “consult” off campus all the time? Check out her other job:

  3. English Language Institute
    on April 21, 2017 at 11:33 am

    The English Language Institute needed her help and she absolutely failed to deliver. As a result, the ELI is but a shell of its former self.

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