FAYETTEVILLE -- Yvette Murphy-Erby, a University of Arkansas, Fayetteville sociology social work professor, has been named the university's top diversity officer.
Murphy-Erby began Sept. 15 as UA's vice provost for diversity and inclusion.
She was hired after a national search. Three finalists were invited for May visits to campus.
"We made an offer to one of the finalists who ultimately declined the offer and chose to stay at her current institution," Provost Jim Coleman said in a statement.
Murphy-Erby joined UA's faculty in 2004 and is stepping down as director for UA's School of Social Work. She also has served as an associate dean.
In a statement, Murphy-Erby said an early task will involve working to facilitate "a central location for diversity related efforts."
She now earns $190,428, up from her salary of $163,526 as director of UA's School of Social Work, said UA spokesman Steve Voorhies.
The previous top diversity officer, Charles Robinson, earned $244,000 as vice chancellor for diversity and community, Voorhies said. Robinson last year was named vice chancellor of student affairs.
Metro on 10/09/2017