Wake Forest Baptist Medical
Center has announced Cheryl E. H. Locke as the Medical Center’s
first Vice President and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Locke remains on the executive leadership team, reporting
to the Chief Executive Officer.
Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Locke is
responsible for development and advancement of the overall strategy for
diversity, inclusion and equity across the Medical Center through internal and
community partnerships. In addition, Locke will partner with leaders across the
Medical Center to develop a diversity and inclusion strategic plan with
specific annual goals. This includes the design and launch of comprehensive,
culturally competent and responsive education for students, staff and faculty,
and implementation of best practices to recruit and retain a diverse workforce
with emphasis on faculty and leadership.
“Creating a diverse, equitable and culturally attuned
workplace is a strategic initiative for the Medical Center that enhances our
work environment, the care and education we provide and reinforces connections
to our community,” said John D. McConnell, M.D.,
CEO, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
“Cheryl has been a tireless advocate for diversity and
inclusion throughout her career. She brings passion, knowledge and experience
that will help us build the culture of diversity, inclusion and equity in our
community. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank her for her leadership of
this important and transformational initiative. Our goal is to create a
welcoming, positive, diverse, values-based environment that attracts, retains,
engages and develops the best talent in clinical, education and research, equity
of care and opportunities as well as patient, student and consumer experience, all
of which Cheryl will be leading.”
Locke joined Wake Forest Baptist in October 2008 as Vice
President and Chief Human Resources Officer. She was a key member of the
executive team charged with the integration of the clinical, education and
research components of the Medical Center.
Prior to joining the Medical Center, Locke was the Chief
Human Resources Officer at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a 900-bed
academic medical center and comprehensive research university, where she had
responsibility for all university and hospital HR services and programs.
Locke has served in multiple HR positions with national
corporations and multiple academic medical centers. Locke is the current chair of
the Foundation Board of Winston-Salem State University, the past president and
member of Forsyth Futures and had served on the Board of Habitat for Humanity of