Idella Glenn is a seasoned professional committed to inclusive excellence, student success, and creating welcoming campus environments for all constituents. Glenn is a collaborative leader with over 25 years of higher education experience – the last 20 years focused on leading diversity and inclusion initiatives. She is currently serving as special advisor on inclusivity and diversity at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA. Before coming to Hollins, she served as Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) director for diversity education and retention initiatives within the Division of Inclusive Excellence.
Prior to VCU, Glenn spent 18 years at Furman University serving as assistant vice president for student development, assistant dean for diversity and inclusion, and director of multicultural affairs. Prior to Furman, she served as the records manager (registrar) at Spartanburg Community College.
Glenn earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science/math from Furman University, and a master’s in higher education administration from the University of South Carolina. She earned a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Clemson University in 2008.
Glenn has earned designation as a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) through the Institute for Diversity Certification and is a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory. She is a graduate of the Riley Institute Diversity Leadership Academy, Class 2.
Glenn is a member of the National Coalition Building Institute Board of Directors. She serves on the National Advisory Council of the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity. Glenn also served as president of the South Carolina Professional Association for Access and Equity from 2002 to 2004 and is a graduate of Leadership Greenville, class 28.