Taffye Clayton decided to devote her career to championing diversity 20 years ago because of her experiences as a UNC undergraduate.
Now, Clayton will return to the University as its chief diversity officer to give back to the community that made her who she is today.
“Diversity is my job, but it’s everyone’s responsibility,” Clayton said. “Engaging leadership, students and the community — that’s the only way this works. It has to be an institutional commitment.”
Clayton, who was tapped as the next vice provost for diversity and multicultural affairs in December, will take office Feb. 1.
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Bruce Carney who made the final decision, said Clayton’s salary will be $190,000 a year. That is $28,000 more than her predecessor, Archie Ervin, who stepped down at the end of 2010.
Terri Houston, who has served in the interim post since December 2010, said Clayton will inherit a position that has elevated in significance and doubled in workload.
In September, Carney announced the chief diversity officer would join his cabinet as a vice provost.
Christian a cappella group Psalm 100’s dismissal of senior Will Thomason also made diversity a hot topic in the fall.
Carney said Clayton’s passion for UNC and her concrete strategies for the future placed her above the other contenders for the position.