University of Michigan’s New Diversity Chief to Earn $385,000 Salary

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According to a recent report, the new Diversity Chief at the public University of Michigan will bring home a whopping $385,000 annual salary.

Robert Sellers, the University of Michigan’s new vice provost for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, will earn the hefty salary in the upcoming year as part of the public institution’s five-year $85 million diversity plan.

Robert Sellers’ appointment to a new position called “vice provost for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer” (VPEI-CDO) was approved Oct. 20 by the university’s governing board. Sellers previously served as “vice provost for equity and inclusion,” and is also listed as a professor of both psychology and education. In 2014-15 Sellers was paid $347,295 in his capacity as vice provost, a position created in 2014.

President Mark Schlissel nominated Sellers for the job several weeks ago. The new full-time administrative position “will serve as a leadership voice on diversity, equity and inclusion for the entire university.” … It seeks to “recruit, retain and develop a diverse university community” and “support innovation and inclusive scholarship and teaching” through a number of new and expanded programs.

In the role, Sellers will be expected to expand upon the efforts that the University of Michigan has made to increase community diversity over the past several years.

Sellers is no stranger to progressive activism on the Ann Arbor campus. As a graduate student at the University of Michigan in 1987, he was a member of the student group United Coalition Against Racism (UCAR), which protested the commencement address, which was set to be given by CBS journalist and alumnus Mike Wallace, after concerns arose that Wallace had made racists statements in his past.

Tom Ciccotta is a libertarian who writes about Free Speech and Intellectual Diversity for Breitbart. You can follow him on Twitter @tciccotta or email him at


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