Hillsborough Community College Welcomes Cheryl Gonzalez as New Chief Diversity Officer

January 29, 2019



Hillsborough Community College (HCC) is pleased to announce the hiring of Cheryl Gonzalez as the new chief diversity officer.  Gonzalez worked previously for the University of North Florida, serving as the director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity.  She officially joined the HCC community on January 28.

“Cheryl Gonzalez is a welcomed addition to Hillsborough Community College,” said Dr. Ken Atwater, HCC president. “We look forward to the leadership and wealth of experience she brings to the HCC community after more than 25 years of dedicated service in the areas of equal opportunity, compliance and diversity.” 

As the chief diversity officer, Gonzalez will oversee the Office of Equity and Special Programs which ensures compliance with federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination and sexual harassment.  

Gonzalez holds a Master of Arts degree in conflict resolution from Antioch University and a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Florida A&M University.  

Gonzalez has received numerous awards and served in various appointments throughout her distinguished career which have included serving on the board of directors for the Florida Small Business Development Center Network since 2014, serving as the chairperson for the Florida Advisory Council on Small and Minority Business Development from 2011-17, and receiving the Reggie Role Economic Development Champion of the Year Award from the City of Tallahassee in 2005.

Hillsborough Community College serves over 45,000 students annually at its five campuses located throughout Tampa Bay. The college is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information, visit hccfl.edu.



Chris DeManche

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