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DEI official at U. Alabama Birmingham earns $34,000 per month

The top 15 DEI salaries at the state’s three flagship public universities adds up to at least $2.5 million a year: report

One of the top diversity, equity and inclusion officials at the University of Alabama at Birmingham earns $407,749.08 annually, or $33,979.09 per month, 1819 News recently reported.

The nonprofit Alabama news outlet reported that it calculated the salary of Mona Fouad, associate vice president in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at UAB, based on public records and assuming she did not receive a raise or deduction recently.

1819 News reported Fouad’s salary as well as the other top-paid DEI officials across Alabama’s three largest public universities.

Fouad (pictured) is a professor, medical doctor and “a nationally recognized leader in health disparities research,” the university stated July 2022 when it announced Fauad’s new position.

“In her expanded role, Dr. Fouad will work with [UAB’s Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion] to broaden and strengthen the links between the university and UAB Medicine,” the university stated, adding she was the founding director of the UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center.

Fouad is by far the highest paid DEI administrator across Alabama’s three flagship universities: the University of Alabama, Auburn University and the University of Alabama Birmingham, 1819 News reported.

The news outlet reported the top 15 DEI salaries at the three institutions, noting it added up to at least $2.5 million a year:


Associate Provost and Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity and Chief Diversity Officer Taffye Benson Clayton – $275,990.04 annually ($22,999.17 monthly)

Deputy Cheif Diversity Officer JuWan Robinson – $118,970.04 annually ($9,914.17 monthly)

Sr. DEI Analyst Rizwan Hussain – $86,300.04 annually ($7,191.67 monthly)

CCCE Director Tonika Boyd – $83,940 annually ($6,995 monthly)

DEE Director Rochelle Johnson – $83,439.96 annually ($6,953.33 monthly)

University of Alabama

Vice President and Associate Provost for DDEI Gwendolyn Christine Taylor – $298,047.12 annually ($24,827.26 monthly)

Assistant Vice President of Engagement & Programming LaToya M. Scott – $153,924 annually ($12,827.80 monthly)

Executive Director of External Engagement Cassandra Williams Smothers – $132,168 annually ($11,014.10 monthly)

Assistant Director of the Intercultural Diversity Center Shemaiah Kenon – $61,443.12 annually ($5,120.26 monthly)

Administrative Assistant Osielia Lewis – $52,848 annually ($4,404.19 monthly)

University of Alabama Birmingham

Associate Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Equity and Inclusion Mona M. Fouad – $407,749.08 annually ($33,979.09 monthly)

Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Paulette Patterson Dilworth – $284,090.04 annually ($23,674.17 monthly)

Director of Strategic Initiatives Holly Holliday-Jones – $105,963.60 annually ($8,830.30 monthly)

Diversity Education Director Michelle M. Allen – $85,932.96 annually ($7,161.08 monthly)

Executive Assistant Davelyn L. Daniels-Carter – $84,379.08 annually ($7,031.59 monthly)

1819 News’ report comes amid efforts in the Yellowhammer State to abolish DEI offices at public universities.

The Alabama GOP earlier this year passed a resolution “to abolish diversity trainings, pronoun usage and diversity, equity and inclusion departments in state colleges,” AL.com reported.

The resolution cited campus DEI offices’ “bloated public institution organization and structure.”

“The ALGOP resolution is not legally binding, though it could have an influence on upcoming legislative priorities,” AL.com reported.

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