TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Dr. G. Christine Taylor will join The University of Alabama as vice president and associate provost for diversity, equity and inclusion beginning Aug. 1, pending approval by The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees.
Taylor brings more than 25 years of higher education experience and a successful career in diversity and inclusion. She will have a dual reporting role to Executive Vice President and Provost Kevin Whitaker and UA President Stuart R. Bell.
“Dr. Taylor brings considerable administrative experience and professional expertise to this new position at The University of Alabama,” Whitaker said. “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.”
Most recently, Taylor served as vice provost for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer for nearly six years at Purdue University, where she led and provided strategic direction for the Division of Diversity and Inclusion. During that time, she implemented more than 35 programs to support increasing enrollment, retention and recruitment of underrepresented minority students, faculty and staff. She also provided critical leadership in the development of a more inclusive campus environment with an emphasis on the development of cultural competencies for all faculty, staff and students.
“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. I look forward to working collaboratively with the faculty, staff, students and community members to build a more inclusive campus community.”
As vice president and associate provost, Taylor will provide leadership for the University to build on its core principles of inclusiveness in learning environments, programs, workforce and strategic partnerships.
Before working at Purdue University, Taylor served as the associate vice president for institutional diversity at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In 2004, she joined Ohio University as the interim assistant to the president for diversity and was promoted to assistant to the president in 2005.
Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Middle Tennessee State University in 1979. She earned her master’s degree and doctorate from Ohio University in 1989 and 1997, respectively.
The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.