Howard Kallem has been appointed as the University’s new Title IX Compliance Coordinator, effective Jan. 2, 2014. A recognized expert in Title IX compliance, Kallem was selected to fill the position following a national search.
He is currently Chief Regional Attorney of the District of Columbia Enforcement Office for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). OCR is responsible for ensuring civil rights enforcement and compliance with Title IX as well as other federal nondiscrimination legislation. Kallem has more than 19 years of experience with OCR, as well as 14 years of experience with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
“This high level of experience and expertise makes him the perfect person to head our Title IX compliance efforts,” said Brenda Malone, vice chancellor for human resources and interim Equal Opportunity/ADA director. Kallem will report to Malone until the director’s position is filled.
Kallem also has experience in higher education as a senior equal opportunity specialist at George Mason University. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and a law degree from Catholic University School of Law.
In his role at Carolina, Kallem will be responsible for coordinating the University’s compliance with statutory requirements under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. He will oversee campus-wide education, training and outreach around Title IX issues, and coordinate the University’s responses and investigations into Title IX complaints.
“This important area has Chancellor Folt’s full support,” Malone said. “She has made a commitment to further expand the resources available to support Title IX compliance by creating a new position that will focus on direct student engagement and programming, as well as an additional Title IX investigations position.”
Recruitment for these positions will begin in the near future, Malone said.
“Howard Kallem’s appointment, along with the addition of these new positions, will ensure that the University is well situated to provide a safe and responsive environment for our students and employees, and also play a leadership role in the ongoing conversation about Title IX compliance in higher education,” Malone added.
She thanked Christi Hurt for her service as interim Title IX Coordinator since April and her work leading the University’s Title IX Task Force. “Christi has brought her many skills and expertise to this work over the last several months, and Carolina is in a better place due to her efforts,” Malone said. Hurt will continue to serve as Interim Title IX Coordinator until Kallem’s arrival.