Shawn Edwards
Chief Inclusive Excellence Officer, The Citadel


Dissertation: Nonprofit Board Governance: Barriers to Millennials and Racial Minorities in Board Service

Shawn Edwards is the Chief Diversity Officer at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. Founded in 1842, The Citadel is a historic, four-year, public, state, military institution. While her current focus is on diversity, equity, and inclusion, Shawn has expertise in human resources and non-profit management and was previously an Associate Vice President at the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. Shawn has served on a number of panels, facilitated workshops and focus groups, and has presented at meetings, conferences, and organizations. She has served on several non-profit boards and volunteers in the community. Additionally, Shawn is an adjunct instructor for The Citadel, The College of Charleston, and Trident Technical College.

Shawn is a certified HR professional, having earned the Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) designations. She holds a DBA from the Fox School of Business, earned her MBA from Walden University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Webster University.

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