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KU chancellor to get $60,000 pay raise funded through KU Endowment Association

June 20, 2013

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— The Kansas Board of Regents today approved a nearly 14 percent pay increase for Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little.

The $60,000 increase will bring her annual salary to $492,650.

Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz also received a $60,000 raise. The other university presidents also received increases.

The pay raises for all the university leaders will be funded through private dollars, the regents said.

"We have six of the finest chief executive officers that we could ever ask for," said Regent Chairman Tim Emert, of Independence. "We are doing everything we can to keep them in those positions," he said.

Regent Dan Lykins, of Topeka, said the university leaders were "six of the best and brightest people in the United States."

Board members said the raises were necessary to close the salary gap with leaders at peer institutions.

They emphasized several times that the increases will be funded through foundations at the schools.

Dale Seuferling, president of the KU Endowment Association, said, "We are pleased to support the Board of Regents' request that we provide additional support for the coming year."

Gray-Little's salary is a combination of state and private funds. Her current salary of $432,650 includes $271,986 in state funds, and $160,664 in private funds, according to KU.

Last month, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported that Gray-Little was the 86th-highest-paid public university executive in 2011-12.

In addition, the board approved an $8,000 bonus for Regents President and Chief Executive Officer Andy Tompkins.

The pay raises are effective July 1.

Here are the current salaries, the pay raises and new salaries approved by the regents.

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, KU; $432,650; $60,000; $492,650.

President Kirk Schulz, Kansas State; $400,050; $60,000; $460,500.

President John Bardo, Wichita State; $330,000; $15,000; $345,000.

President Ed Hammond, Fort Hays State; $255,200; $11,250; $266,450.

President Steve Scott, Pittsburg State; $248,378; $6,000; $254,378.

President Michael Shonrock, Emporia State; $240,000; $11,250; $251,250.

Comments

BrooksideJayhawk 1 year, 2 months ago

This is precisely the path that the Legislature wants the universities to go down, and it's the height of political stupidity for the Regents to play this game. Now that the endowment association has shown that it will be the financier of last resort, the current Republican ruling class will use that as another excuse to to cut state funding. Want a new building? Build it with endowment money. Faculty needs a raise? Get out the checkbook. The Regents apparently think that the GOP is merely going through some conservative phase and the fever will soon break. Not only is there not a speck of evidence to support that belief, there's every reason to think that the gutting of Kansas' system of public education is in its earliest phases. The real blood-letting will come after 2014.

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irtnog2001 1 year, 2 months ago

Why shouldn't the endowments step up to plate now and then? Its better than spending donated money on another vanity building.

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Thomas Bryce 1 year, 2 months ago

Why can't Endowment fund a pay raise for staff? I am sure there is some rule against it.

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urthlvr 1 year, 2 months ago

I agree. As staff, this pisses me off.

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mae 1 year, 2 months ago

Athletics or Academics bring in the money. If Academics can't pull their weight then the money will be in the dean, campus and whatever draws. That's not staff for students, they want a name in a school.

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irtnog2001 1 year, 2 months ago

Are other colleges knocking down the doors to lure her away?

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Phoghorn 1 year, 2 months ago

I echo this sentiment. I am a proud KU Grad, and I support everything KU, but I have never gotten the impression that this chancellor is a strong leader.

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Lane Signal 1 year, 2 months ago

But let's suppose the Chancellor was a incredibly effective advocate for KU. Even if she was great at the job and did lots of public speaking and everyone agreed that her performance was exemplary, would that really justify a $500K annual salary? I'd rather most of that money funded professor's salaries or facilities upgrades. I hate that the legislature and our governor are stripping much needed funding from our universities, but I think the Chancellor's salary is one of the few things the legislature can point to as excessive spending.

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Fatty_McButterpants 1 year, 2 months ago

Don't forget the Chancellor's free, courtside tickets to KU basketball, as well as the luxury box at the football games! Oh, there is also the private jet that she uses for vacations . . . uh, I mean, that she uses to go see alumni in such Jayhawk-laden places as London, England.

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Matthew Herbert 1 year, 2 months ago

On the same day that the JW tells us that Sam Brownback is to blame for tuition increases. Laughable.

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gatekeeper 1 year, 2 months ago

Her raise is coming from the Endowment Assoc. Increase in tuition has nothing to do with this and EVERYTHING to do with millions being cut from the budget. Do you know what the Endowment Assoc is?

I don't think she should have a raise (believe me, people working at KU aren't happy with her and don't get raises), but get you facts straight before posting stupid statements.

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chootspa 1 year, 2 months ago

The optics are terrible, and for exactly that reason. One might cynically think the Regents are in bed with the conservative agenda and only making noises about wanting the state to increase funding again.

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chootspa 1 year, 2 months ago

And this bothered me enough that I looked it up. Turns out Kenny A. Wilk, Brownback appointee to the Board of Regents, is also an ALEC member. I'm sure there are others, but that's the one I know about.

Are we shocked and surprised to see that he's playing along with the ALEC long-game of privatizing everything public and defunding all public education?

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Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 2 months ago

"Donors made it possible for us to provide an all-time high of $119.3 million in direct financial support for the University of Kansas in fiscal 2012, which ended June 30."

http://www.kuendowment.org/s/1312/endowment/index.aspx?sid=1312&gid=1&pgid=540

Wow, I had no idea. Apparently some very wealthy people have graduated from KU and are grateful for their education there. Since it is their money, I will assume they can spend it as they wish.

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gatekeeper 1 year, 2 months ago

What's sad is that they could offer loans to students that have a hard time getting grants or full tuition paid by standard loans. Instead, they hand $60K more to a chancellor that hasn't really done much of anything. If it wasn't for small loans I got from them to cover what fed loans wouldn't cover, I couldn't have made it. That being said, dealing with the EA about repayment was not a pleasant experience and I partied the day I paid my loans off to them and never had to deal with them again.

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Biscayne 1 year, 2 months ago

Staff needs a raise also!!!

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Anthony Mall 1 year, 2 months ago

Based off the drop in enrollment or what? Pay cuts are in order!

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Thomas Bryce 1 year, 2 months ago

Always nice to see people get raises that are roughly twice what most of us make yearly.(Sarcasm?) It has been years , Literally, since we have seen a substantial raise.

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Jean Robart 1 year, 2 months ago

not sarcasm at all, DT, reality

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costello 1 year, 2 months ago

That is exactly what I thought. Glad I don't donate to them. Never will in future.

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Scott Morgan 1 year, 2 months ago

I do get emotional over my belief many the public does not realize it's our tax money funding these salaries/benefits.

Boy Howdy, teachers sure hear "the cost of living in Kansas is so economical, this is why your pay is so low." Not so with so many "special" people in our government.

Actually I would like to see Little's salary adjusted C.O.L. compared to the same job on the East or West Coasts.

Salary or take home pay is just the tip of the iceberg in many of these cases. The lingering effects a few or many years down the line is why cities small and large are coming up bankrupt.

Whether it be a large university as KU, or California city workers retiring at 38 years old with more in retirement than they ever earned while working. Detroit is actually broke while looking at paying retirees who worked as little as 4 year.

People voted into office with power of the cookie jar of pay and benefits.
Fifty years ago citizens would be astounded over state snow plow/road graders making much more than a starting teacher. Oh, not to mention the driver gets 100 percent of his or her outstanding health care.

To be quite honest, I think we have Crossed The Rubicon in the U.S.A. with no way out. It will not be pretty as we descend.

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chootspa 1 year, 2 months ago

If you read the article, you'd catch that it isn't tax money being used to fund her raise.

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positive 1 year, 2 months ago

The universities in Kansas have been decimated by reduced state funding. However, to raise the salaries of the chancellors at this time seems like a poor way to make a case for increased support to Kansans who foot 17 percent of the bill. Most of the employees (professors, adjuncts) haven't seen a nominal raise in six years. Pay for performance is a great idea. However, I am not sure if one can point to any accomplishments of the chancellor since her hiring.

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Thomas Bryce 1 year, 2 months ago

Of course. NO raises for the people who actually implement these "Ideas". What about the people who actually MAKE this place run? You Know? The ones who keep the lights on, the water flowing and the heating and cooling working to the best of their ability in all conditions.. These are the ones that are there where the rubber meets the road. This university will not go far on Bald, worn out tires. A flat or crash is imminent. It is also preventable. Pay your workers.

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MaggieErin 1 year, 2 months ago

This is really bad on so many levels. I can't comment on whether the Chancellor deserves a raise or not -- maybe she does. So do countless other KU employees who don't have the option of turning to Endowment for a raise. This is truly a slippery slope for Endowment, which I thought has traditionally avoided funding things that are rightfully the responsibility of the state. In light of minimal or no raises for other employees and in light of increasing the burden for tuition on students and their families, how can this possibly be justified. She would have increased her stature considerably more had she refused it.

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irtnog2001 1 year, 2 months ago

Where does it say salaries are rightfully the responsibility of the state?

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MaggieErin 1 year, 2 months ago

I THINK since KU is a state school that salaries come under its level of responsibility. It's my assumption that Endowment always raised money for the extras -- like buildings, endowed professorships, that sort of thing. I don't think you want a system in a state school where private funds are being used for basics, like salaries, building maintenance, etc. Then the state gets off easy. The point is, do the people want a first-class institution or not? If so, they should be willing to pay for it. But we shouldn't be turning to donors in New York or California to give the KU Chancellor a raise.

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Centerville 1 year, 2 months ago

A $60,000 raise for the highest paid but most invisible state employee? I'm glad it isn't coming out of taxes.

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Phoghorn 1 year, 2 months ago

Okay, I know that this increase comes from private funds...I get that.

But, our seemingly aloof and invisible Chancellor receives a substantial amount of money from the state (ie taxpayers) plus a nice house and surely a few other nice things.

Now...raise your hand if this item of news will cause a bunch of Kansans making 20-50K per year to support more tax money getting funneled to our institutions of higher education.

Buhler...Buhler...Buhler...

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bangaranggerg 1 year, 2 months ago

Oh good her husband can finally quit his job and focus more on important stuff.

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irvan moore 1 year, 2 months ago

wow, think about the bump she's going to get on her retirement from kpers

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Tammy Copp-Barta 1 year, 2 months ago

Classified employees who are Regents employees now are KPERS.

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ElGonzo 1 year, 2 months ago

This is a demoralizing action for the staff and faculty who have received meager increases in the last few years, if at all. Perhaps these leaders, KU, KSU, and WSU in particular could turn around and donate their raises to scholarships or other worthy causes.

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kansanjayhawk 1 year, 2 months ago

I'm amazed that there is very little comment about how out of step these University President salaries are with average Kansan's salaries? When you start down the path of these massive salaries for what is really a public servant's position where will it stop? Look at the executive salaries in the corporate arena it has really exploded it seems that we ought to really give this issue some thought and consideration and perhaps establish objective stardards for the salaries.

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Patricia Davis 1 year, 2 months ago

And look at the staff of our coaches. Bill Self maybe. Charlie Weiss? You have to be kidding. Even our AD. These massive salaries come as the tail wags the dog. Time to correct that.

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Dave Trabert 1 year, 2 months ago

I'm sure the salaries listed in this story are reported as provided by the Regents, but there are some discrepancies between previous salary and 2012 earnings provided to Kansas Policy Institute by the Department of Administration (state payroll system).

Pay matches exactly for K-State and FHSU. The KU Chancellor is close ($432,650 in this story; $433,950 according to KDOA. But data we received from KDOA shows that Pittsburg State paid Steve Scott $263,146 last year, whereas this story only lists his salary at $248,378. Not sure if he has other income in addition to salary or if the Regents maybe provided an incorrect salary.

http://www.kansasopengov.org/StateGovt/PayListings/tabid/792/Default.aspx

FYI, amounts listed for Wichita State and Emporia State will not match because they were not employed a full year in 2012.

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Thomas Bryce 1 year, 2 months ago

Great, Dave. But, Again, what about the people that actually make these Institutions of Higher education Operational?

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Dave Trabert 1 year, 2 months ago

I wasn't commenting on the raises...just pointing out that some of the numbers were different.

If you're looking for options to give raises to other employees, you might want to take a look at an analysis we published in April; it's not about pay raises but it does provide a ten-year historical perspective on university spending, tuition and cash balances.

http://www.kansaspolicy.org/ResearchCenters/Education/Studies/d104135.aspx?type=view

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chootspa 1 year, 2 months ago

We all know what you're paid to advertise, and it's not improved public higher education.

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Dave Trabert 1 year, 2 months ago

that's not a point of view...just pointing out some differences in the numbers.

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ridikkulus 1 year, 2 months ago

I THOUGHT I smelled Koch all over this when I read the article! Thanks for confirming!

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chootspa 1 year, 2 months ago

Of course the possibility that you got your numbers wrong never enters the picture.

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Dave Trabert 1 year, 2 months ago

as I said above, our numbers were provided by the department of administration

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chootspa 1 year, 2 months ago

And that precludes the possibility that you got them wrong again how?

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Jean Robart 1 year, 2 months ago

surely they are jesting--surely---that is an obscene raise

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 2 months ago

The knee certainly jerks upon reading this headline.

But on thinking about it, this raise is not so out of line. It is from private funds, and the Chancellor is already paid less than her peers at comparable state institutions. Who knows, maybe she had a job offer to go somewhere else.

I only wish that the best faculty at KU were getting 13% raises is year like the Chancellor.

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elliottaw 1 year, 2 months ago

they just wished they were getting any raise, the top 1% will be lucky to see a 2% raise

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Liberty275 1 year, 2 months ago

"The pay raises for all the university leaders will be funded through private dollars, the regents said."

I don't see a problem with that. If one party wants to give another party some money, and it isn't stolen, it really isn't my business. Hopefully she will spend the money in Lawrence.

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gccs14r 1 year, 2 months ago

Except that the money given to KUEA is tax-deductible, so dollars given to KUEA are dollars coming out of classrooms, infrastructure, Medicaid, and the pockets of the rest of us who don't have enough disposable income to be able to avoid taxes.

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Liberty275 1 year, 2 months ago

You can afford the extra taxes.

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Alceste 1 year, 2 months ago

KRichards opines above:

"Thanks Chancellor for being invisible, for rarely speaking in public, for ineffectively leading the university, for rarely or ever giving staff raises. Probably tough to get by in your free $2.5 million dollar house with a driver, free cars, country club memberships and a measly $ 492,650.00 salary.

"What good have you done for the University in your time here? Maybe it is time for you to get out and lead something rather than hire more provosts and consulting companies to do your job for you!"

....and you left out the gazillion dollar "retirement package" she brought with her from....what's the name of that state......North Carolina???? "In addition to her Kansas University salary, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little receives $209,337 annually from a North Carolina pension plan." http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2010/jul... : "KU’s Chancellor collecting second-largest payout from North Carolina state pension fund"

It's deals like this that bust retirement "systems". shrug

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Thinking_Out_Loud 1 year, 2 months ago

Wait. Alceste: if she vested, earned, and is eligible to draw from the UN pension fund, why does it matter? If a private-sector executive vests in two or more retirement funds, we call him "shrewd." If a public-sector employee does it, we accuse her of all manner of nefariousness. Surely you don't advocate a law that would cap a person's pension at one, or prevent a person drawing an earned pension while also drawing a salary, or even putting a cap on the monetary value of pensions?

Executives command these salaries because this is what the market bears. I always have to shake my head a little at people who think the market should determine the value of a person's skills--unless it is a public employee, at which point they should be capped at some arbitrary number with the same benefits package of the typical fast-food employee.

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LogicMan 1 year, 2 months ago

Don't forget the reduced Kansas income tax rates. Icing on the cake.

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seagull 1 year, 2 months ago

While we're beating up on Chancellor Gray-Little for getting a raise, the Manhattan Mercury did not see the story that KSU pres, Kirk Schulz as even important enough to put on their online newspaper--at least not in an obvious spot. Percentage-wise his raise is even bigger than BGL's. These folks work hard; I don't begrudge them a raise but it is interesting that they accept the money when they know that faculty/staff raises will be tiny this year, they were tiny last year, non-existent the year before....

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wastewatcher 1 year, 2 months ago

Look at the history of the institutions leaders, only two have left for another position in recent history. One left for his passion, baseball and another chose to return home. The competition is not beating the door down to hire these very average leaders, check it out. Soon we will have some new regents and maybe they will use some common sense.

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Lenette Hamm 1 year, 2 months ago

seagull wrote: "I don't begrudge them a raise but it is interesting that they accept the money when they know that faculty/staff raises will be tiny this year, they were tiny last year, non-existent the year before...."

How, in good conscience, can Gray-Little or anyone else accept such a huge amount of money knowing the State cut education funding enough to constitute raising tuition, and that so many "hard working" staff at KU get nothing? Shameful behavior on her part, shameful that KU Endowment feels the need to give out that much money at one time when she's already making damn near half a mil...

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ppbrittain 1 year, 2 months ago

Ed Hammond is underpaid considering what he has managed to accomplish given the hand he is dealt.

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hedshrinker 1 year, 2 months ago

even the most basic 4 yr college education at a state school is becoming completely out of reach for working class families.the interest rate on loans is doubling at the end of this month. more and more students are going to have to bypass a 4 year degree that may put them in debt into the 6 figures for jobs that may or may not ever materialize and if they do will have a depressed salary due to the waning bargaining power of workers. Community colleges and technical schools are developing waiting lists for in demand training programs. I am afraid we have lost an entire generation in the global struggle for creativity and productivity based on politicians' inability to solve gridlock and fund education and competitive entrepeneurship properly. (and I'm NOT talking about fattening the wallets of corporate fat cats where the $$$ funds their lavish lifestyle only). These "leaders" should be embarassed to show their faces in public until they convert these raises to scholarships and rewards to outstanding STAFF and faculty. this move on the part of endowment basically on the same day that huge student fee increases are announced is really bad timing and demonstrates the completely upsidedown understanding of encouraging positive adaptation and change by focusing on the few people at the top of the pyramid instead of the broader base. This is a total insult to the hundreds and hundreds of loyal, hard-working KU staff who have endured wretched working conditions this year from a State Legislature that openly devalues their mission to consultants whose recommendations have torn the university apart. just simply shocking. s

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JuanValdez 1 year, 2 months ago

I would only add that the same is true for the faculty. At a time when it is becoming clear to many faculty affected by salary compression that the only way to get the market rate for their services is to leave KU, giving the Chancellor a 15% raise is a major blow to their morale. I do not understand who thought that doing this right now would be a good idea.

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Thinking_Out_Loud 1 year, 2 months ago

It does no good to blame the Chancellor and Presidents. Blame the legislature who declined to fund raises. Blame the Regents, is you must, who choose to give raises to these Executives as the institutions absorb cuts. Blame the Endowment Associations. But who among us would decline a raise if our employer came to us and said "I don't have money this year for everyone, but your key clients chipped in enough for one for you because they want to make certain you stay"?

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usesomesense 1 year, 2 months ago

According to the article from 2010 about her N.C. pension she also gets 25K per year put into a fund she'll get when she leaves KU (retires or otherwise) and has matching retirement funds from the state that would bump her compensation up over 20K per year more that her stated salary (assuming she puts some of her own money into that retirement plan - which she'd be stupid not to).
Here's the big problems for me:

  1. What is it that this person does that is really so valuable to the Endowment Association? What is her real value to KU itself? Our society has become EXTREMELY top heavy - she hasn't taken any person risk (ie - investing $500,000 in a business) nor does she take on any real personal responsibility (ie - a student is injured due to negligence on the part of the University and the settlement comes out of her pocket and/or her insurer's pocket from the policy she pays for. The only risk she really takes in her position is the possibility of losing that position.

  2. Endowment contributing to salaries means Endowment can take away salaries. Infrastructure - yes. Scholarships - yes. Facilities improvements - yes. Salaries - no.

If in fact the Endowment association is doing so well as to have available an abundance of funds and they wish to improve the University, those funds should be contributed to the university for salaries - not one person's salary.

This also makes me question what the Endowment Association wants in return from the Chancellor. Will this not compel the chancellor to sacrifice time spent on University duties in favor of fund raising for Endowment? To me it's really a question for the regents - certainly the Endowment Association benefits KU, but a good chunk of pay coming from Endowment effectively makes her their employee too. If she doesn't do what they want they can yank her $60k per year putting the regents in a position of potentially having to replace her or make up the difference.

What real value does the Chancellor bring to the university? If it's fundraising she'd need to be directly bringing in a good $10 million per year for an organization of that size to be worth her weight with the compensation and benefits she receives. (Maybe she does?) If it's not fundraising then what is it she does and what is the real value? Would the whole university just fall apart if there was nobody in that position for 6 months - a year - two years? I doubt it.

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Steve Bunch 1 year, 2 months ago

Regarding your second point, a significant part of a chancellor's job (and deans', too) is fundraising. That may not be something as direct as going to people to ask for money (although that can be part of it), but it certainly involves tireless creation and nurturing of relationships with business executives, influential alumni, political figures, et al. (I'm not defending the raise or its Endowment source; I find it problematic in many ways, not the least of which is the demoralizing symbolism of it.)

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crafty 1 year, 2 months ago

This makes me sad. I have a B.S. in Business Administration from KU and have been employed at KU for over 28 years. I am an accountant and despite all those years of experience and service (including at least 20 years worth of exceptional evaulations), I still make less than $45,000 a year. In the last four years, my pay has increased a total of 4% (and part of that was considered a merit raise). Yes, I probably should have moved on a long time ago, but I enjoyed my job, my co-workers and was poud to work at KU. Unfortunately, all of that has changed in the last four or five years and I now do everything I can to avoiding telling people where I work. I think that I am now considered unworthy of any promotion or respect because I am over 50 and not "new blood." The interesting part, and what most people don't know, is that this little insignificant employee has a $2 million net worth. This was achieved through 30 years of successful investing and an inheritance. My financial situation is not at all representative of most KU employees (the "worker bees") and since I do not have children, there will be a great deal of money to leave to charitable organizations. Years ago, I had plans to leave my money to KUEA for scholarships, however, given how both KU and KUEA are now conducting their affairs, they will not see one dime of my money when I'm gone. I'm sad that I now feel this way.

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Seth Peterson 1 year, 2 months ago

I just left a much more lucrative position to take a job at KU for stability and the potential for advancement. Hearing this doesn't sit easy with me.

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Thomas Bryce 1 year, 2 months ago

Doesn't sit easy with any of us. I am an 18+ year employee. Stability WAS one of the main reasons I came to KU, also. My job is an Essential one at KU so chance of being fired or Layed off is low. However I may not be able to AFFORD to work there much longer as the cost of living has increased dramatically and my wage has been flat for almost 7 years. Luckily, Private sector jobs are opening up and the economy is improving slowly. With what looks like another wage freeze in the making, I think I have had enough of KU. Resume' is in progress.

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Thinking_Out_Loud 1 year, 2 months ago

Sadly, DT, stability of public sector employment is an illusion in the 21st century. Today's public sector employees appear to me to work for less money and fewer benefits than in recent memory, and stability in the public sector is all but gone. Mrs. Out_Loud and I had some long-term friends over for dinner this weekend. They are also long-term public employees. The stories they tell are chilling, and make it clear the recent KCC "Manager X" kerfluffle is not isolated.

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Patricia Davis 1 year, 2 months ago

Again, I say if you want to complain about salaries, look to our coaching staff. You want to complain about bonuses, look at how our multi-million dollar coaches get extra money for doing their jobs. And just why does a coach get the "shoe" money? By their own admission, the athletic department is overstaffed. Why not make the deep cuts needed to bring their administrative cuts in line with other similar universities? Why aren't athletics helping to fund the university? This whole sports thing is NUTS! But I don't see many people in Lawrence rising up to say that.

I understand that BGL has many who do not approve of her. Where were you all those years that KU drifted under the lack of leadership of Hemenway? BGL has a quiet style, but she got rid of Perkins. She is making changes. And BTW that "golden boy" North Carolina chose over BGL had to retire from that position because he got caught up in the cesspool of North Carolina basketball.

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irtnog2001 1 year, 2 months ago

Knowing the effect this will have on other staff as a psychologist she should decline the increase and direct that it go to the merit pool.

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Lawrence64 1 year, 2 months ago

This raise is really demoralizing for KU faculty/staff. She has not been able/willing to fight for a raise for faculty and staff. Our salaries have been frozen for a long time while the expenses (including parking permit at KU keep raising). It's shameful!!

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purplesage 1 year, 2 months ago

With a 5% tuition hike, accepting such a generous salary and ridiculous increase is pretty politically incorrect. I'd like to see money go to helping students attend school, buy books, things like that - not into fattening administration. But, whether it is the hospital, the university, some of the not-for-profits around town - the people in leadership / administrative posts somehow see themselves as entitled and forget how this hits the wrong note witht he tax-paying, bill paying, charitable donating public.

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ku99 1 year, 2 months ago

Managers and CEO-levels at KU and its medical school write their own script. They shed crocodile tears every year and always cry "we are tight." There is always a calamity about to descend on you. Go back and look at all her emails. But, she and her buddies have always made sure they are taken care of via the invisible endowements. This is pervasive in both schools. Raises go to everyone including the perceived favorites of these managers. She is not alone. She is just the tip of the iceberg. KU has been busy hiring consultants and trimming staff and underpaying them. All the media news about overpaid staff at KU is a joke as most of the staff do not see anything. It goes to just her and her look-alikes. How sad..I cannot wait for these guys to come up and talk about cuts now. They have been happy to support our governor, fake some angst against his budget, and go to standy by Brownbach and Koch as they see fit but screw their staff.

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crafty 1 year, 2 months ago

LJW -- I'd like to make a request (consider it a challange!)...would you please utillize the open records act to request salary information for all KU employees for the last five years? Use base salary (no OT) and include all sources of funding. Break it down by fiscal year so the percentage of increase for each year can be easily calculated. I realize that you will need to fork up a little money to pay for it, but it shouldn't be difficult given the electronic systems in place and all of the "improvements" the Huron folks have made over the last couple of years. Please include everyone from Chancellor, to DDCs, to admin assistants, to KUAC staff to custodial staff. How about it...are you up for the challenge?

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Dave Trabert 1 year, 2 months ago

Most of the information you requested is at http://www.kansasopengov.org/StateGovt/PayListings/tabid/792/Default.aspx The payroll information goes back to 2009 and includes every employee paid with state funds. Athletic staff pay is not subject to Open Records requests because the money comes from private sources. There is no overtime included because the Dept. of Administration says they have no access to that information.

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crafty 1 year, 2 months ago

Dave -- I ran my name through the database and it appears to include OT...or is just plain incorrect. I was interested in base salary so as not to skew the figures for positions that are required to work periodic OT (i.e. police and facilities staff). But, thanks for trying to help.

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ElwoodTSuggins 1 year, 2 months ago

I hope the Chancellor does the right thing and declines the raise until her people at KU can get decent salary increases. I hope the other university presidents would do likewise. The people of Kansas, many of whom do not earn the amount of these raises annually would also appreciate it.

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Thomas Bryce 1 year, 2 months ago

I understand that the Chancellor is a salaried position.For all you Hourly employees, $492,650.00 a year translates to $236.85 an HOUR, not counting overtime, for a year of 40 hour weeks(2080 hours). Good work if you can get it!

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Thinking_Out_Loud 1 year, 2 months ago

False comparison, DT. A salaried position cannot really be translated into an hourly position, unless you know how many hours she is working. I would bet that she is giving the University much more than a 40-hour week. The job responsibilities between a position that has an executive exemption (such as a chancellorship) and an hourly position are vast. Calculating what her position would be paid if she went to the office at 9 and left at 5 does not take into account the hours over 40 that she works in most weeks, nor does it take into account the qualitative difference between the chancellorship and an hourly contributor.

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Thomas Bryce 1 year, 2 months ago

Of course there is no comparison. Just trying to put perspective on how much money that really is. As an hourly employee myself, i just had to break it down. Just wanting to know why an employee, like me with the keys and full access to a multi billion Dollar institution, is expected to take care of that institution at all times day or night and in all conditions, is payed only 30k a year? I am Listed as Essential Personnel. But not when it comes to wages.They need me to do my job well and take advantage of almost 20 years experience in this facility, but they do not want to keep MY wage competitive. KU is loosing experienced people like me everyday and it will take YEARS to recoup that knowledge. The chancellor holds an administrative position that can be done almost anywhere at anytime. This facility requires people like me to be onsite at all times day or night to keep this university functioning. Which position is more important to the Day to Day function of this University?How many times has this university continued to function with out a sitting chancellor? Try functioning with no repairs or personnel to do those repairs. I would give KU a week and the place would come to a grinding halt.

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verity 1 year, 2 months ago

I recall hearing when the chancellor was hired that she was far and away the best candidate, no question as to who to choose---this information supposedly came from someone involved in the hiring process. Of course, I can't verify that, but she was the one chosen. If she's not as competent as we would like, one wonders why more qualified candidates didn't apply---or weren't chosen.

The governor and legislature have managed to set us against each other. We fight while Kansas burns.

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chootspa 1 year, 2 months ago

The Kochs would actually rather have it that way. They already fund economic and political departments at a lot of universities. Those departments, in turn, tend to hire faculty sympathetic to their radical libertarian agenda.

So defunding KU is a great step in the direction of making it a mouthpiece of the Kochs. I'm sure we could expect to see the same "quality" research we see from KPI.

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verity 1 year, 2 months ago

Are the Kochs really Libertarian? It seems to me that what they want is more government control as long as it benefits them and fits into their ideology. I thought Libertarians wanted less laws and restrictions. How does that fit in with ALEC and their other manipulations of the system?

I think there's another name for what they are. What's your opinion on that?

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usesomesense 1 year, 2 months ago

This ultimately redefines who hires/controls the chancellor. If the position requires funds from KUEA to 'retain' and/or 'recruit' the talent KU needs and KU can't pay that without KUEA's help who's really pulling the strings ultimately?

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verity 1 year, 2 months ago

Those inconvenient unintended consequences. Unfortunately, I doubt that Brownback et al care in the least, in fact, if I thought they were intelligent enough to think that far, I'd think it was intended consequences.

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Topple 1 year, 2 months ago

Lead by example, oh great and inspirational chancellor whom no one has ever seen or heard from. You take your 14% raise with one hand while explaining to all the staff who are actually contributing to society why they won't be getting a raise that will even cover the increase in gas prices. Truly magnificent leadership.

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