Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Meet ouR staff

Andre Burton, J.D.

Vice President for Human Resources & Diversity

For more than 25 years Andre Burton, J.D., has served in leadership positions with strategic oversight and execution of Human Resources functions including talent management and development, employee relations, labor relations, benefits, diversity and inclusion, as well as, organizational development.

Mr. Burton’s career at NEOMED began in August 2012, where he started as Director of Diversity Affairs. With great experience and fresh ideas, he developed and implemented the University’s Diversity Strategic Plan which resulted in demonstrable positive outcomes. Mr. Burton was promoted to Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and inclusion in October 2014, during which time he developed and promoted educational and professional development opportunities targeted toward improving campus community, inclusion and cultural competence. Among his many contributions were the implementation and facilitation of trainings in diversity awareness, cross-cultural communication, diversity recruitment, and effective team building across diversity dimensions, just to name a few.

Mr. Burton was promoted to Vice President for Human Resources and Diversity in early 2019, a position for which he has been actively engaged in several strategic plan initiatives that are key to NEOMED being in an optimal position for positive change. Mr. Burton has provided strategic leadership to administrators, faculty, staff and students, while transforming the Office of Human Resources to provide more consultative services; implement the workforce re-engineering process; and investigate opportunities to streamline processes. Mr. Burton also continued to lead the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, developing a diversity recruitment and retention plan and implementing policies, programs, practices and resources needed to foster inclusiveness, diversity and a welcoming community for students, faculty and staff.

Before joining NEOMED, Mr. Burton served as District Director for Diversity and Inclusion, and Human Resources at Cuyahoga Community College. Among his many roles, he served as the College’s Chief Administrator and Spokesperson for diversity, inclusion and the compliance office for EEO/ADA. Prior to his tenure at Cuyahoga Community College, Mr. Burton served as Deputy Director for Human Resources at the Ohio Lottery Commission for nearly 10 years.

Andre Burton received his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University and his Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice (pre-law) at Kent State University.

Jacqueline Fausnight, M.Ed.

Associate Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion & Title IX Coordinator

Jacqueline Fausnight began pursuing a career in higher education administration in 2015. Since then, she has gained knowledge and experience in several different areas of higher ed. Jacqueline has especially enjoyed working with diverse populations of students and helping to foster inclusive education and work environments.

As the associate director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Jacqueline helps plan events celebrating diversity. She also maintains records for the Diversity Council, serves on university committees, works with student organizations, and oversees aspects of the recruitment process.

As the Title IX Coordinator, Jacqueline is responsible for coordinating the university’s compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Jacqueline is the individual to whom all reports of sex discrimination, including, but not limited to, sexual harassment and assault, should be made.

Jacqueline is a graduate of Kent State University, where she earned bachelor’s degrees in hospitality management and psychology, as well as a master’s degree in higher education administration. Prior to joining the team at NEOMED, Jacqueline worked as a civil rights investigator at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. In this role, she investigated allegations of discrimination and harassment involving faculty, staff and students.


Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Phone: 330.325.6736
Email: diversity@neomed.edu


Employment and academic discrimination against any individual on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status is prohibited.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Northeast Ohio Medical University