(TheProudRepublic.com) – Lefty woke socialists are making a killing in the United States these days, as demonstrated by the case of Meshea Poore, a “diversity” VP at West Virginia University who makes hundreds of thousands of dollars a year despite the school’s substantial budget cuts.
Poore, the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at WVU, earns an annual salary of $234,537, not including benefits, The College Fix informs in a report.
This is noteworthy, considering the university is currently grappling with a $45 million deficit.
Poore’s earnings significantly surpass the average salary of $97,227 for full-time professors at WVU and the approximate $43,000 average salary of office and administrative support staff.
Data from Openpayrolls.com highlights that Poore’s salary is “298.0 percent higher than the average pay for co-workers.”
Additionally, recent data suggests that there are more administrators than teaching and instructional staff at WVU by a ratio of 2 to 1.
During the academic year 2021-22, the university had 74 educators per 1,000 students and 140 administrative and support staff for the same student count.
Poore’s salary accounts for about 36% of the budget for her department, which currently has 12 members.
The total salary expenditure for her department is approximately $642,530, based on 2022 data. WVU is considering significant budget reductions due to its financial challenges, putting some academic majors at risk.
When contacted for a comment on the university’s spending decisions, WVU’s media representatives did not respond.
Adam Kissel, a senior fellow with the West Virginia Cardinal Institute, expressed concerns about DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) offices.
“DEI offices and officers are expensive and often counterproductive… Public universities like WVU should close their DEI offices before legislators or regulators do this work for them,” he said in an email.
Kissel further suggested that the university should emphasize programs benefiting all students and prioritize its fundamental educational mission.
Poore is a former attorney from the Office of the Kanawha County Public Defender in Charleston and served in the West Virginia House of Delegates from 2009 to 2014.
Hired by WVU in 2018, she was characterized as a “longtime activist” by the institution. When approached for comments on her pay and the university’s budget decisions, Poore did not respond.