Diversity administrators at American universities make nearly three times the average citizen’s salary, while the average professor across the country makes just under $80,000. Forty-three diversity administrators at top American universities make at least $100,000 a year, and some are paid more than $300,000.
Mike Opelka highlighted Vice Chancellor of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Jorge Schement on today’s “Pure Opelka.” The Rutgers University administrator made $253,000 in 2016, which is more than double what a tenured professor at the same school earns.
“Is this money well spent?” Mike asked. “What are we doing, America?”
The University of Washington website explains that their administrators “access policies and procedures that enhance diversity across campus,” listing such criteria as ensuring equal opportunity and affirmative action, maintaining diversity in faculty searches and staff hires, and seeking out minority-owned businesses for procurement opportunities. Northern Arizona University asks its administrators to perform similar duties.
Mike wondered, “What qualifies you to be a diversity chief?” Brown University is asking candidates to “have a B.A. and an advanced degree, ideally a Ph.D or a J.D., and at least 8 years of relevant work experience.” They must also possess expertise around various civil rights statutes, Title IX , and the Americans with Disabilities Act.