As I’ve said many times previously, diversity is now an industry within higher education. A lucrative one.
The College Fix reports:
New Michigan State diversity director gets $315k salary, $700/month car allowance
It’s a great gig — if you can get it.
Michigan State University’s new vice president/chief diversity and inclusion officer (CDO), Jabbar Bennett, was offered a cool $315,000 per year salary, as well as a $700 “monthly vehicle allowance,” according to The State News.
Bennett actually will earn just under $300,000 between his start date of December 1 through June 30, however, due to COVID-related “financial strain[s].”
(That car allowance, by the way, is a “usual benefit” given to MSU vice presidents according to the contract.)
Bennett also gets a $25,000 signing bonus “in lieu of reimbursement of moving expenses,” and “upon request” two free tickets to any MSU football, men’s basketball and/or men’s hockey game (if available). (He must reimburse the school for the full signing bonus if he leaves his position before one year’s time.)
The new CDO’s duties include working with MSU officials to develop “diversity, equity and inclusion” plans, “designing delivery education and training programs” and being involved in various hiring processes.
Professor Bennett will be an “at will” employee, meaning he serves at the discretion of MSU President Samuel Stanley Jr. and can be dismissed at any time “without notice or reason.”
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