G. Christine Taylor became Purdue University's first vice provost for diversity and chief diversity officer in August 2009. The position was created as part of the "New Synergies" strategic plan.
Taylor provides strategic leadership for Purdue's efforts to embrace and promote diversity and inclusion with an emphasis on attracting and retaining a diverse student body, attracting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff; the creating a more welcoming and inclusive environment and working toward providing opportunities for our students to develop cultural competencies which allow them to successfully compete in the global economy.
Vice Provost Taylor oversees the Diversity Resource Office, the Black Cultural Center, the Latino Cultural Center, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer Center, the Native American Education and Cultural Center, the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program, and Science Bound. With reporting lines to the provost and president Dr. Taylor serves as a member of the president's cabinet.
Prior to assuming her role at Purdue, Dr. Taylor served as associate vice president for institutional diversity at Miami University of Ohio. Some of her major accomplishments in this role included development and implementation of diversity briefings for leadership teams and search committees; implementation of a diversity work force initiative; convening of a campus-wide diversity summit; design and delivery of a diversity training initiative for the university’s housing, dining and guest services staffs.
Taylor’s career in higher education began in 1991, at Ohio University where she served in key leadership roles in Student Affairs and Finance and Administration, as the Director of Multicultural Programs, Associate Director of Residence Life and Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration respectively. In 2005 she was named the Assistant to the President for Diversity. In this role, she served as director for the university’s multicultural student recruitment and retention initiatives. Through her work with the Synergy Team, a campus-wide design and implementation project team, four scholarship and support programs were developed. Under her leadership the campus realized a 58% growth in the number of multicultural students in the 1st year class in 2005. Additionally, Dr. Taylor provided leadership for the design and implementation of the Urban Scholars and Appalachian Scholars Programs, two need based scholarship programs designed to increase the campus diversity.
Taylor completed her master’s and doctorate degrees at Ohio University and her bachelor's degree from Middle Tennessee State University. She also completed the Harvard University Management Development Program and was a 2002-2003 Fellow with the American Council for Education, the nation’s premiere higher education leadership development program.
Prior to her career in higher education, Taylor enjoyed a successful career in public broadcasting. She is a trainer, facilitator and motivational speaker who has worked with organizations throughout on the country on leadership, communications, team building and diversity.