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100 years ago: KU professors increasingly wooed away by higher-paying schools

March 5, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 5, 1913:

  • "William Herbert Carruth, vice-chancellor of the University of Kansas, has been offered the position of professor of comparative literature at Stanford University. The vice-chancellor is at present in Palo Alto, Calif., the seat of Stanford University, and word from there today indicates that he will in all probability accept the new position. Stanford offers Professor Carruth a salary of $4000 per year and a retiring pension of $2000 per year. In addition a year off on half pay is given every seven years to be devoted to research and investigation. At present he is drawing $2750 from the University with none of the other inducements or opportunities for further study.... Professor Carruth is one of a number of the University professors who have been drawn away from the University in the past year. Professor H. L. Jackson, director of the food testing laboratories, went to the University of Idaho at an increase in salary from $1500 to $2500. Professor Hoad received $2200 at Kansas, while Michigan is paying him $3900.... It is due to the small yearly increase in the appropriations of the University and the lack of a fixed income to assure a professor that he will receive more in the future that handicaps the University of Kansas and allows such valuable instructors to go to other schools in order to obtain better salaries."
  • "John L. Bruce is out again after having been in the Simmons hospital since Sunday. Mr. Bruce says he understands now how it is that nurses generally get married because in the few days he was at the hospital he fell in love with all six of the nurses on account of the splendid treatment they gave him."


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