Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Administrators Not Created Equal
Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 2, 2014 | Spencer Irvine

Posted on 05/05/2014 11:10:46 AM PDT by Academiadotorg

In The Chronicle of Higher Education, writer Don Troop highlighted the current controversy at the University of Michigan concerning how much the university pays its administrators. At Ann Arbor in 2005, they paid less than $13 million on “additional pay” (i.e. bonuses) to administrators for meeting performance goals or taking on additional duties not in their job descriptions. By 2013, Michigan paid more than $46 million for these kinds of bonuses. michigan football

A dozen professors at the university have published their research, including an open letter, on the website, where they call on the Michigan board and incoming president Mark Schlissel, to rein it in.

When the professors took a look at the additional pay, and compared it to the likes of the University of Virginia, Texas at Austin, Cal-Berkeley and UCLA, Michigan pays its administrators between 127-141% more than those schools. The University of Michigan, unlike the schools listed above, does not report these pay amounts in addition to base salary.

For example, the professors found that the former associate vice president for finance, Rowan Miranda, was paid a salary of $330,000 and received $130,000 in additional pay. He was an adjunct professor of public policy, but the additional pay irked professors. An associate professor of history, Dario Gaggio, said the additional pay added even more to Miranda’s “already generous salary.” Miranda’s salary was leaked and floated around on the Internet, which led to the investigative project in the first place.

Some other examples:

The school’s chief information officer, Laura Patterson, earned $279,545 in 2010 with $70,585 in additional pay; The dean of the School of Kinesiology, Ronald Zernicke, saw an additional pay of $51,350 added to his base salary of $256,207; and Cynthia Wilbanks, the vice president for government relations, earned a base salary of $296,324 in 2013 and additional pay of $58,007.

Gaggio acknowledged that professors do take on additional duties at the school. But, the major problem is that the additional pay is for faculty members and non-administrative staff who take on administrative roles, not administrative staffers who add more administrative duties to their work.

During this controversy, there is significant turnover taking place with the school president retiring and their chief financial officer moving on to the University of Phoenix. The changes occurred while the University of Michigan raised $4 billion, while touting a Shared Services Center to house faculty members and cut costs. The Shared Services Center was a plan to save between $6-17 million per year, and involved faculty members to moving out of their academic offices into a building off-campus. The school also paid Miranda’s former employer, the consulting firm Accenture LLP, $11.7 million to manage the cost-saving measure. The cost-saving initiative enraged professors so much that the project was postponed. Gaggio called it a project that “dehumanizes” professors. The person in charge of the plan, associate vice president for finance Rowan Miranda, has since moved on to the University of Chicago.

A spokesperson for the university, Rick Fitzgerald, dismissed the term “bonuses” and said that these are typical for universities for those that take on extra administrative duties, which mostly go toward faculty and not administrative staff members.

Fitzgerald defended the salaries and emphasized, “In some cases, I’m sure these look like generous salaries,” yet the school has to retain and recruit the best talent available. He also said, “It seems smarter” to pay administrators for additional duties and “not bake it into the base pay” for those types of positions or other future administrators would require a higher base salary. Fitzgerald also pointed out that workers can meet performance goals to see additional pay, and that those in the school’s chief financial officer’s department earn half was much as they would elsewhere.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: administrators; professors; salaries; university

1 posted on 05/05/2014 11:10:46 AM PDT by Academiadotorg
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Academiadotorg

Looks like that puts all these “administrators” into
the 1% doesn’t it.

2 posted on 05/05/2014 11:13:42 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: tet68

Got to love some academic in-fighting.
I know a few professors. They believe they are worth a lot more than they are paid.

3 posted on 05/05/2014 11:43:48 AM PDT by Zuse (I am offended! I am insulted! I am outraged!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
Dr Rob Steele for UofM Regent is a step toward fixing our schools.

Rob Steele for Regent

Image Hosted by

Michigan legislative action thread
4 posted on 05/05/2014 12:51:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Academiadotorg

In the manufacturing world “administrators” are considered non-value-added and have mostly been replaced by less expensive workers. How come they are still so prominent in government and education? I smell a way to save big bucks at every school and government office in the country.....

5 posted on 05/05/2014 5:51:17 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794 is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson