Sheilah D. Vance, Esquire is Interim Chief Officer for EEO and Compliance. She heads the Office of Equal Opportunity and Institutional Compliance. Vance has a B.A. in Communications, magna cum laude, from Howard University and a J.D. from Georgetown University. She has a long career of work as a practicing attorney, primarily concentrating in education law, compliance, and policy. She is the University’s Title IX Coordinator, and she contributes to the field nationally as a member of the Advisory Board of the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA). She is also Vice Chair of The Clery Center, which works on education and compliance activities with higher education institutions nationwide concerning The Clery Act, the federal law that requires campuses to report crime statistics and engage in other activities to enhance safety at higher education institutions.
Vance was formerly Chief of Staff and Deputy to the President at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, where she oversaw all operations of the Office of the President., assisted the president on all major initiatives and projects, chaired eight committees, and served as the university’s Title IX Coordinator, Social Equity Officer, Right-to-Know Officer, Campus Coordinator for the Fraud Incident Reporting System of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and chaired the Administration Group of the University’s 2014 Middle States Reaccreditation Steering Committee, which successfully proved institutional compliance with Standards 4 – 6. She was extensively involved in establishing educational partnerships with Institute Polytechnique de Byumba and the Rwanda Governance Board. She is also the former President and General Counsel of the Institute for Educational Equity and Opportunity, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit that focused on public school finance issues, and former Special Assistant to the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education.
She has published and presented extensively on education law issues, including at conferences at Oxford University in England, the Association of Title IX Administrators, American Council on Education, National Bar Association, American Association of Law Schools, Education Law Association, Law School Admissions Council, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and for the African Methodist Episcopal Church Philadelphia and Delaware Conferences.
In contribution to the legal community, Vance has served as Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association Education Law Committee. Also, in 2006, Vance received the Woman of Distinction Award from the Barristers Association of Philadelphia, a National Bar Association affiliate, for “exemplary service to the community through the practice of law” and “impressive personal accomplishments as an African American attorney.”
Vance is also the author of several award-winning fiction and non-fiction books.