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Taffye Benson Clayton, PhD

Associate Provost and Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity

Dr. Taffye Benson Clayton is the inaugural Vice President and Associate Provost for Inclusion and Diversity at Auburn University.  Dr. Clayton and her team are tasked with expanding Auburn’s diversity and inclusion footprint within the institution and nationally.  Dr. Clayton formerly served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and as Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer at East Carolina University.  

Throughout her 20+ career as an executive administrator leading diversity and inclusion efforts at major universities, Dr. Clayton has served students, faculty, staff, community, visitors and alumni. Dr. Clayton is the designated executive administrator for coordinating the University’s diversity and inclusion strategy and is the principal advocate and adviser to the Provost, President and senior University leadership on issues of diversity and inclusion. 

Dr. Clayton is known nationally for her presentations on faculty diversity recruitment and retention, integrating diversity and inclusion in higher education institutions, strategically positioning diversity and inclusion, and translating corporate diversity and inclusion promising practices into the higher education context. She is a former Convener for North Carolina Diversity and Inclusion Partners, a statewide network of diversity and inclusion professionals. Dr. Clayton is an Educational Associate with The Conference Board, a board member and membership committee co-chair for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, and a member of the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity.

Last Updated: June 22, 2017