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Dr. Jon Derek Croteau

Senior Associate Vice President for Administration at Washington State University

Dr. Jon Derek Croteau has been working in talent management, leadership, equity, diversity, LGBTQ+ advocacy, culture, and executive recruitment for nearly 25 years. His unique combination of experiences as a chief people/talent officer, leadership and executive search consultant, author, teacher, and speaker has made him a thoughtful and thought-provoking contributor to an array of institutions across the globe. Dr. Croteau has authored many books and dozens of articles on diversity, leadership, and talent management and his work has appeared in Diverse Issues of Higher Education, the Huffington Post, Inside Higher Education, and the International Journal of Education Advancement.   

He currently serves as Senior Associate Vice President for Administration at Washington State University (WSU) where he oversees Talent Management/HR, General Counsel & Board Relations, Executive Communications, and the Office of the CEO of the WSU Foundation. He proudly serves as the leadership team’s liaison to the DEIAB Council.

Professional experience

In his very early twenties, Dr. Croteau co-founded and served as Chairman of The COURAGE Foundation, a foundation he created to help eradicate suicide amongst LGBTQ youth.  In that capacity, he led the board in aiding organizations such as GLSEN, The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and The Massachusetts’ Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth.  In the early 2000s, Dr. Croteau’s work in organizational development and talent management at Carnegie Mellon University was ground-breaking for the industry. He was a founding co-chair of the Strategic Talent Management Conference for CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education), a co-founder of the Advancement Leadership Academy, and was on the editorial board of the International Journal for Educational Advancement. In 2007 he was appointed to Carnegie Mellon’s Diversity Advisory Council and has remained a champion of diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and belonging.  

Dr. Croteau has worked for higher education institutions, such as Northwestern University, healthcare and academic medical centers, and consulting firms, including WittKieffer.  All the while, he has served as adjunct professor at places like Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College and at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education. He has served on the Dean’s Advisory Council for Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. He has served as Vice Chair of Emerson College’s Executive Board of Directors and Vice President of the Emerson College Alumni Association, was on the Board of Ambassadors for The Home for Little Wanderers, and served as a mentor for Point Foundation. 

Dr. Croteau has studied and lived abroad twice, once in The Netherlands and once in Spain, and speaks Spanish.