Wayne Gersie

Wayne Gersie


  • Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Research Assistant Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • 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


Wayne Gersie, PhD, is the inaugural Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences at Michigan Technological University. As Vice President, he is responsible for providing vision, strategic leadership, and thoughtful change management for campus diversity, equity, inclusion and sense of belonging (DEIS) initiatives. Gersie works collaboratively with Michigan Tech faculty, staff, students, alumni, and external constituents to advance the University's commitment to all aspects of diversity and inclusion. His senior leadership role includes communicating the value proposition of educational and innovation impacts of DEIS initiatives on the University’s overall performance related scholarship and research. Additionally, he coaches University leaders to become culturally proficient in order to promote and sustain culturally responsive leadership. 

Prior to joining Michigan Tech, Gersie served as Assistant Research Professor and Chief Diversity Officer for the Applied Research Laboratory at The Pennsylvania State University. He 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, Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and Center for Creative Leadership in Colorado Springs, Colorado.