Michigan Capitol Confidential By Derek Draplin | Feb. 4, 2019
The University of Michigan employs a large staff of bureaucrats who work within an extensive network of programs intended to improve diversity at the institution. The administrators and programs, funded largely through taxpayer dollars and student tuition, cost millions of dollars a year, yet it’s unclear if the financial investment in diversity has been successful.
The Ann Arbor campus alone employs 76 diversity administrators who make $10.6 million in salaries and benefits in 2018-19, according to University of Michigan-Flint economics professor Mark Perry. Last year, the university system (including campuses in Flint and Dearborn) employed 93 diversity-related administrators who cost the university $11 million in total compensation.
Perry found no record of diversity-related administrators before 2004. In that year, 15 employees were housed in the Human Resources Institutional Equity office. The number of diversity staffers has more than tripled in the past five years, from 23 in 2013 to 76 in 2018 for the Ann Arbor campus, Perry found.
Robert Sellers, who oversees diversity programs the chief diversity officer and vice provost for equity and inclusion, collects an annual salary of $407,653. Sellers received a raise of $11,100 last year, Michigan Capitol Confidential previously reported.