Wayne Gersie

Wayne Gersie


  • Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Pronouns: he, him, his
  • PhD, Workforce Education and Development, The Pennsylvania State University
  • MEd, Counselor Education, The Pennsylvania State University
  • BS, Exercise and Sports Medicine, The Pennsylvania State University


Prior to joining Michigan Tech, Gersie served as Assistant Research Professor and Chief Diversity Officer for the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State, and is the founder and principal of Oasis Strategic Consulting LLC. He has earned his PhD in Workforce Education and Development, with emphasis on Human Resources, and a MEd in Counselor Education, both from Penn State. Additionally, he holds certificates from the Harvard University Institute for Management and Leadership Education, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Center for Creative Leadership in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Additionally, Gersie has been recognized for his service with multiple awards, including The Pennsylvania State University College of Engineering Ally recognition award, The Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Equity and Inclusion Award and The Penn State Multicultural and the Resource Center Faculty/Staff Diversity Recognition Award. He has also served his community, regionally and nationally, as a committee member, panelist, and keynote speaker for many organizations including The Pennsylvania Human Relation Commission Advisory Council for Centre County, The Penn Civilians, Chair and member of The Penn State Council of College Multicultural Leadership, National Association for Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates, American Society of Engineering Education, Black Engineer of the Year Award, Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers, The Tapia Conference and the National GEM Consortium.