The universities are complaining about budget cuts, but do you see any of the top-paid administrators volunteering to cut their own overinflated salaries? President Michael Crowe makes $475,000/yr, even more than the median salary for public sector university presidents of $427,400. 100% of that salary comes from taxpayer funding. Crowe is mandating 10 days unpaid leave for all university employees, and 15 days unpaid leave for the fat cats like himself. You do the math. This is only a temporary drop in the bucket for him, he’s only going to make $447,610 this year instead without those 15 extra days. He’ll still make more money this year than the average public university president.
ASU isn’t even a top-tier public university (although University of Arizona is). It’s not in the top 50 public universities, it’s ranked #60. Not sure why Crowe deserves a salary so high.
The Arizona Republic lists the top-paid employees at ASU, UA, and NAU. ASU has 16 employees alone who make over $300,000/yr. The head of the Institute of Sustainability, whatever that is (oh yeah, it’s the new disguised term for environmentalism), makes $310,500. The Biodesign Institute Director, a position that would be better handled in the private sector, makes $456,825. Likewise, the Biomedical Informatics Director makes $330,000. The Provost/Vice-Provost – sounds like a glorified secretary – makes $385,000. The business school finance chair makes $326,482. One professor alone at the business school makes $301,001. The Senior Vice-President makes $313,857. The Exec. VP & Finance makes $320,882. Someone from the “School of Materials,” whatever that is, makes $301,790. The VP of athletics makes $325,306. You can guess who makes the most money – yep, the head football coach who tops a million coming in at $1,275,000.
This is a PUBLIC university, not the private sector. These salaries are outrageous considering they’re being paid by taxpayers, and considering the state of the budget currently. These fat cats should be offering to halve their salaries. $237,500 is plenty generous for a PUBLIC university president. If it’s not enough, there is always the option to take a job in the private sector instead, or find a private source of grants to supplement your salary, like other overpaid public university presidents do. It was reported last fall in the New York Times that salaries of presidents at public universities are climbing faster than salaries of presidents at private universities – even though there is no justification for this.
“It’s surprising that many public universities are raising their presidents’ salaries,” said Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, who has been prodding universities for more accountability in spending and greater commitment to affordability. “In these hard economic times, apparently belt-tightening is for families and students, not university presidents.”
The president of Washington State University, Elson S. Floyd, who made $600,000 in his first year at the university and received a $125,000 raise over the summer, said he would take a voluntary $100,000 pay cut in response to budget problems.
We did not hear about any of the Arizona University presidents doing this. (If they did, please let us know and we will correct the record, but we could find nothing on the web about them taking a permanent substantial salary cut)
10 days unpaid leave to an ASU employee making $25,000/yr would be devastating. That’s almost $1000 – the equivalent of having to come up with an additional month’s rent, and when you live from paycheck to paycheck, it could easily get someone behind on a mortgage or rent.
Crowe and the other university fat cats should be ashamed of themselves, and do what other public university presidents around the nation are doing and cut their overinflated salaries if they want to save university funding. The president of UA makes $420,000. The President of NAU makes $300,000.