Has anyone noticed that public universities everywhere seem to be running out of money? If you?re like me, you are under that impression because they keep calling and asking for more donations every week. Those of you who have responded to such calls by making donations probably did so because the administration convinced you that they don?t have enough funds to meet the basic educational needs of the university.
After reading this editorial, you may no longer feel inclined to dig deep into your pockets to help your local university or your alma mater.
A professor named Dan Embree at Mississippi State University recently published a courageous editorial for The Advocate, the local newsletter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). In the editorial, Embree reports that between the academic years of 1999-2000 and 2003-2004, the top administrators at his university received some pretty generous pay-raises. For example:
President $228,359 to $350,000 (53.3%)
Provost $153,000 to $205,000 (34.0%)
Associate Provost $102,000 to $130,000 (27.5%)
VP of Finance and Administration $138,000 to $190,000 (37.7%)
VP of Agriculture $118,965 to $205,000 (72.3%)
VP of Student Affairs $130,000 to $167,000 (28.5%)
Dean of Veterinary Medicine $150,000 to $175,000 (16.7%)
Director of Aircraft Operations $109,400 to $135,000 (23.4%)
By contrast, Embree reports that during the same time period, university plumbers received an average raise of 4%. University professors fared even worse, with an average raise of 3.6%.