… in the Minneapolis Star Tribune notes that the most charitable description of what’s been going on at the clubby University of Minnesota medical school would be “bizarre.”
Monday, November 24, 2008
University spokesman Daniel Wolter said that Bruininks does not comment on his compensation but said he was "quite surprised he ranked as high as he did." (Star Tribune, XI-21-08)
The University of Minnesota Appears to Be Number Three
(No, that would not be in the world...)
BigTen Executive Compensation
Reading the chicken entrails that are the salary/job descriptions of university executives is difficult. No doubt this is deliberate, and not done to protect the innocent. Those at the U can have a look at the numbers themselves via the ejournals function of the U of M library. Unfortunately the general public does not have ready access to the database. Therefore, I post this data as a public service.
Gee - Ohio State - $1,346,225 [sic(k)]
Coleman - Michigan - $760,196
Bruininks - Minnesota - $733,421less 5% - 696,750
less 10% - 660,079
Spanier - Penn State - $611,367
Mason - Iowa - 583,000
Simon - Michigan State $572,000
Cordova - Purdue - 501,000
McRobbie - Indiana - 484,000
Herman - Illinois - $427,500
Riley - Wisconsin - $358,745
A couple of things stand out. Two institutions that are consistently ranked near the top of the BigTen, Illinois and Wisconsin, have the lowest executive compensation!
Gordon Gee is obviously overpaid. He has jacked up his salary by being a serial university president, starting at a very young age. One could argue that Mary Sue Coleman, the president of Michigan deserves the salary she gets, considering the academic ranking of that institution.
But the other salary that stands out, besides those of Gee, Herman, and Reilly, is that of OurLeader. He is apparently being paid considerably more than the Penn State president even though one could argue that Penn State cleans our clock in a number of areas important to a land grant institution, especially graduation rate.
A voluntary salary cut of five percent as previously suggested, would be a good way to demonstrate OurLeader's Gopher spirit. It would seem such a cut would do nothing to alter his salary ranking in the Big Ten. Even ten percent would not, as illustrated above.
Comparing OurLeader's salary to that of other chief executives of Big Ten schools, together with the relative ranking of the University, leads to the conclusion that he is currently being very well compensated.
Asking students, and their parents, to share the burden of increased tuition might be a little better received if there were some evidence that OurLeader was willing to make some real sacrifice himself. Asking the state legislature, with a straight face, for a ten percent increase in funding for the U is neither wise nor prudent. A salary freeze for someone who makes more than seven hundred thousand a year is a sacrifice? In... your... dreams.
Bob, how about it? Please start demonstrating some leadership instead of whistling in the dark and waiting for the axe to fall. This coming Thursday illustrates the results of such a strategy, at least for the bird.
at 1:42 AM