Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

James E. King Jr., Ph.D. | Miles-Rose Professor of Leadership










James E. King Jr. is the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Miles-Rose Professor of Leadership in the Culverhouse College of Commerce at the University of Alabama. He received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MBA (with Human Resource Concentration) from the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University in Bloomington and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama.  During his engineering training he worked for NASA at the Marshall Space Flight Center. Prior to entering academia, he was a human resource professional for the General Electric Corporation where he completed the Human Resource Leadership Program and worked in areas including recruiting, appraisal, training and labor relations. He has served as an expert witness in the area of employment discrimination, has worked with municipal departments to carry out fair and defensible promotional processes and consulted with the FBI on the methods and benefits of inclusivity in respect to religious diversity.

His research interests include improving career and assessment outcomes, human resource analytics, work/life interactions and workplace religious diversity issues.  His work has been published in various human resource and management journals.

Miles-Rose Professor of Leadership

“The option to pursue work that serves others while providing personal development and fulfillment is a great, historical, blessing and privilege, don’t take it for granted or waste it just pursuing material gain.”


“Strive for your ideals…Godliness, justice, democracy….  Some people will be drawn to you, others will be repelled, and you need to be okay with that.”

“Money always comes at a cost.  Make sure it is not a poor exchange of your time, energy or values.”

Office of the Dean

Culverhouse College of Business

The University of Alabama

426 Alston Hall

Box 870223Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Get In Touch: jking@culverhouse.ua.edu or 205-348-8916


Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives | Director of the Diversity in Business Bridge Program

Marcus Cotton

Marcus Cotton is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives and the Director of the Diversity in Business Bridge Program at The Culverhouse College of Business.

Mr. Cotton earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the College of Human Environmental Sciences at The University of Alabama. He began working for The University of Alabama in 2005.

During his tenure at UA, Mr. Cotton served as the Florida Regional Recruiter for The University of Alabama’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Scholarships and was responsible for student recruitment in Central Florida and parts of South Florida. From 2009-2011, he worked for the UA College of Continuing Studies as the Coordinator of Program Management and Marketing.

Mr. Cotton also served as the Assistant Director of Admissions for the University of Alabama School of Law from 2011-2021. He was responsible for the recruitment of students for the J.D., LL.M. and J.S.D. programs.

Mr. Cotton is active on campus and in the community. He is the Director of Student Services at Christian Community Church in Tuscaloosa. He is an active member and Vice President of Pastors Reaching Out.  He spent 7 years as the advisor for the UA Future Black Law Students Association.  He is a Co-Founder and the former Director of the UA Black Faculty Staff Association (BFSA) Scholars Program.  He also served as the BFSA Vice President from 2012-2016 and the BFSA Chair of the Campus and Community Outreach Committee from 2016–2020.

Culverhouse College of BusinessThe University of Alabama3067 Hewson  HallBox 870223Tuscaloosa, AL 35487Contact: Phone: 205-348-3498

Email: mcotton@cba.ua.edu



Manager of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Paige Miller












Paige Miller is the Manager for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Culverhouse College of Business. She received her M.A. in Counselor Education and B.S. in Elementary Education from The University of Alabama. She has more than 18 years’ experience in higher education including career services, gender inequity and victim services, and academic advising. She has worked 15 years conducting social justice and diversity programming including co-facilitating the Student Life Social Justice Series and serving as a trained facilitator for American Association of University Women Start Smart pay equity workshops.

Culverhouse College of BusinessThe University of Alabama3024 Hewson HallBox 870223Tuscaloosa, AL 35487Phone: 205-348-5749Email: cpmiller1@ua.edu | https://diversity.culverhouse.ua.edu/

Our Mission

Our mission is to support the Culverhouse College of Business in its efforts to enhance diversity, promote inclusiveness, and develop leadership as the College cultivates an inclusive community.


Each objective is designed to educate, recruit, and retain faculty, students, and staff at the College to cultivate an inclusive community to enhance diversity and develop leadership.

  • Goal 1 [EDUCATE]: Promote inclusiveness to enhance diversity and develop leadership.
  • Goal 2 [RECRUIT]: Increase the diversity of the faculty, students, and staff.
  • Goal 3 [RETAIN]: Cultivate an equitable and inclusive environment.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council

Purpose, Values, and Goals

The purpose of our strategic plan is to develop sustainable structures, objectives, and strategies with measurable outcomes to promote continuous improvement concerning inclusion, diversity, and equity.

Summary of Goals  
Cultivate an inclusive community where respect for individual contributions is a core value, enacted by all

  • Objective 1: Promote inclusiveness to enhance diversity and develop leadership by increasing faculty, staff, and student engagement in diverse, inclusive, and equitable practices. 
  • Objective 2: Enhance recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, students, and staff.