Archive for Monday, April 4, 2011

Heard on the Hill: New law dean has fourth highest salary among KU deans; Dan Savage of ‘Savage Love’ is coming to KU; KU cheer squad’s nationals routine to air on ESPN2

April 4, 2011


Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.

• Because KU just hired a new law dean, I figured now was as good a time as any to review the salaries for KU’s deans on the Lawrence campus.

This came after cubicle neighbor George Diepenbrock asked me where Stephen W. Mazza’s $250,000 salary ranks him among KU’s deans.

I figured I wouldn't just tell George, I'd let everyone know, too.

As it turns out, it’s good enough to place Mazza squarely as the fourth-highest paid dean on campus. He had been making $200,000 as interim dean. Gail Agrawal, whom he replaced, was making $266,000 when she left to become dean at the University of Iowa.

Here’s the list of deans on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses and their salaries. These salaries — like other KU employees’ wages during the state budget crunch — have remained the same since the 2008-09 academic year, excepting, of course, when new hires were made.

1.) Business – William L. Fuerst, $308,000

2-tie.) Liberal Arts and Sciences – Danny J. Anderson, $260,000

2-tie.) Engineering - Stuart R. Bell, $260,000

4.) Law – Stephen W. Mazza, $250,000

5.) Pharmacy – Kenneth L. Audus, $230,000

6.) Architecture, Design and Planning – John C. Gaunt, $198,500

7.) Journalism – Ann M. Brill, $190,000

8.) Music – Robert L. Walzel, $185,000

9-tie.) Education – Richard J. Ginsberg, $184,000

9-tie.) Edwards Campus – Robert M. Clark, $184,000

11.) Libraries – Lorraine J. Haricombe, $174,620

12.) Social Welfare – Mary Ellen Kondrat, $165,000

13.) Graduate Studies – Sara Rosen, $139,050

• Dan Savage, who writes the syndicated “Savage Love” column, which you can read in The Pitch, and created the “It Gets Better” campaign, is coming to KU.

That “It Gets Better” campaign involves an effort to get people to film short videos directed at gay, lesbian and transgendered youth who may be facing hate and intolerance, and then post the videos online. More than a few examples can be seen here.

Their message is simple — that it does, in fact, get better.

Savage is also the star of an upcoming MTV show on sex advice.

Savage will be speaking at 7 p.m. April 19 at Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union. It’s free for KU students, and $5 for members of the public.

• You can catch members of the KU cheerleading squad on ESPN2 and watch their fifth-place finish in the Universal Cheerleading Association/Universal Dance Association College Nationals in Orlando, Fla., earlier this year.

The program will air at 2 p.m. Sunday on ESPN2.

First place went to the University of Alabama, and the University of Kentucky placed second.

KU improved on its 10th place finish from last year, and beat 14 other teams in the national finals.

The squad entered as No. 1 in the Midwest region for Division 1A after submitting the top-rated video routine in the region.

• Heard on the Hill doesn’t need its own cheering squad — all I need are tips from you. Keep sending them to


Floyd Craig 6 years, 9 months ago

now you can see why the state is broke those guys are getting to much money and need a pay cut

question4u 6 years, 9 months ago

It doesn't work that way at KU any more than it does in the private sector. If you want to pay less you have to settle for someone less qualified. Less qualified means less able to run programs efficiently, less able to raise money from the private sector, less able to raise the quality of education, etc.

What company hires a CEO because he or she is willing to work at less than the going rate? Anyone who knows anything about business knows how supply and demand works. Try getting someone to cut your lawn for $1.00. Try finding a plumber who will fix your sink for $5.00. Try finding a mechanic who will fix your transmission for $50.00. Try finding a contractor who will build you a house for $5000.00. If you do, what reason do you have to feel satisfied when your lawn is cut irregularly, your sink now leaks in a new place, your transmission has metal shaving in it and the foundation of your new house is full of cracks?

But go ahead and live in fantasy land, where you can arbitrarily cut things forever and everything will be infinitely better.

mysterion 6 years, 9 months ago

Except that Bill Fuerst is the highest paid dean on the list and the KU B-School programs have done nothing but fall into complete decline during his tenure with more bad news to follow soon. I wonder how he would have done financially if KU utilized a "pay for performance" system.

LJD230 6 years, 9 months ago

And you wanna know why the academic reputation of KU is in the tank?

The Bored of Regents UNDERPAYS not only KU's leaership but that of the other institutions they oversee!

You get what you pay for!

When BGL retires KU will be luck to find a chancellor with a high school diploma.

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