“Dr. McCorkle brings an extraordinary vision, passion and
expertise to the challenge of building and maintaining a truly
diverse and inclusive campus community,” says WMU President
“I am confident that, working with the WMU community, she will
help make us a diverse and inclusive school of choice."
Dr. Yvette D. Hyter,
who chaired the search advisory committee for the position,
characterizes Dr. McCorkle as a rising leader in promoting
diversity in higher education and "well-suited” to continue to
increase diversity and to advance inclusion and equity at every
level and across all units in WMU.
“Her role as vice president for diversity and inclusion is
critical for the inclusive and equitable functioning of every
unit within the University and essential for continuing
established relationships and building new ones in the diverse
communities served by WMU,” says Dr. Hyter, a professor of
speech, language, and hearing sciences.
Dr. McCorkle replaces the retiring Dr. Martha Warfield, who was
the University's first chief diversity officer and has served in
that role since 2010. She retires at the end of July after more
than 25 years with the University.
Director of diversity and inclusion at Alma since 2016, manager
of the college's King Chávez Parks Mentor Program Grant and a
WMU alumna, Dr. McCorkle says she is excited to begin the next
phase of her professional journey at her alma mater.
"WMU is an institution known for its innovation. It is an
institution that instead of following the trends tries to
identify its strengths and leverage those for the betterment of
the students and the global community," she says, noting that
the University has demonstrated a commitment to diversity and
"It is my goal as the new VP for diversity and inclusion to
capitalize on that commitment and continue to move us forward to
become an institution that values its students, staff and
faculty. To be an inclusive institution, we must create spaces
for each of us to be our authentic selves and to allow each
voice to have influence in shaping our collective destiny," she
"We are living in a time in which division seems to be the norm;
however, I have never been one to adhere to norms. We have an
opportunity to not only shape WMU but to shape higher education.
I want WMU to be the gold standard for diversity and inclusion."
In her tenure with Alma College, McCorkle has developed and
implemented programming to promote diversity and inclusion on
campus, facilitated diversity education for faculty, staff and
students, and she has collaborated with the administration on
creating policies and practices that foster inclusiveness. She
also has collaborated with inner-city high schools in Detroit to
assist students in gaining access to higher education.
Previously, she worked at Jackson College as an adjunct
administrator then as assistant dean of the honors college, at
Central Michigan University as director of the Global Campus
Counseling Program in the Department of Counseling and Special
Education, and at Spring Arbor University as director of
the Master of Arts in counseling. She has been an assistant
professor of counseling and special education at CMU and an
associate professor of psychology at SAU, as well as a substance
abuse prevention consultant in Battle Creek and a substance
abuse therapist in Jackson.
Dr. McCorkle earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from
Wright State University, a master's degree in clinical
psychology from Eastern Michigan University, and a
doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision from