A new executive will help lead an Alabama university’s efforts to empower its minority student population.
G. Christine Taylor will take on a new role as vice president and associate provost for diversity, equity and inclusion at the University of Alabama. She will start on August 1, once The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees has approved her nomination.
Taylor has more than 25 years of higher education experience and a career in diversity and inclusion. Most recently, she worked as vice provost for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer for almost six years at Purdue University. Before that, she served as vice president for institutional diversity at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
She received her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Middle Tennessee State University in 1979, and her master’s degree in 1989 and doctorate in 1997 from Ohio University.
“I am excited and honored to come to The University of Alabama to serve as the inaugural vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion,” Taylor said. “This is such an outstanding higher education institution and as such preparing, all of our students to live, work and thrive in an increasingly diverse and global society is of paramount importance.”
Taylor will report to Executive Vice President and Provost Kevin Whitaker and UA President Stuart R. Bell. She will be tasked with leading the university’s efforts to promote inclusion in learning environments, programs, workforce and strategic partnerships.
“Dr. Taylor brings considerable administrative experience and professional expertise to this new position at The University of Alabama,” says Whitaker. “This role is critical to supporting the University’s strategic goal for an inclusive and diverse community. We believe Dr. Taylor will provide the leadership, vision and oversight necessary to enhance our already strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness.”