“My role here is to support the mission of the college to provide a higher education to anyone,” Shipwash said, “by helping to make sure that people are free to work and study without having to worry about illegal discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment.”
In his role, Shipwash will serve as affirmative action officer, equity and compliance officer, Title IX and Title VI coordinator, and ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) officer.
“My goal is to maintain an environment where people feel safe in raising concerns,” he said. “I’m really happy to be doing this.”
Previously, Shipwash worked for TVA’s law enforcement branch, the Tennessee Department of Human Services’ Office of Inspector General, and Southern California Edison’s equal opportunity and ethics and compliance offices. He retired from Southern California Edison in 2013.
“But I got tired of being retired,” Shipwash said. “I was ecstatic when I was offered this job. I knew this was what I wanted to do.”
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