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UWT: University system needs a salary cap

Letter by Larry J. Geringer, Gig Harbor on April 22, 2011 at 11:45 am with 12 Comments »
April 22, 2011 1:12 pm

Re: “New leader for UWT” (TNT, 4-21).

I was struck by what I consider the ridiculously high salary offered to Debra Friedman to be chancellor at the University of Washington Tacoma. As the state faces complete collapse of services to its citizens, the UW continues to spend as if there is no tomorrow.

In this economy a $10,000 reduction should be in order. People are struggling to make mortgage payments and putting food on the table. The state is cutting budgets in all areas. What group of mental midgets decided we should pay an unproven new hire $33,552 more than the person she is replacing?

The article says, “Her salary will be $240,000.” Shouldn’t it be, “We fully expect her to prove herself, and then we might discuss an increase”?

Someone needs to rein in this type of over-the-top spending. However, my fear is that this is just a small sample of total disregard for the state of our economy and the fact that it is taxpayers who foot the bill for UW excesses.

Ahh, the safety and insulation of vory towers …

Leave a comment Comments → 12
  1. Good luck trying to find someone qualified at a lower salary. It’s called “free market” activity.

  2. Someone that never heard “you get what you pay for”

    Take a look at our Speaker of the House

  3. “KARDNOS says:
    April 22, 2011 at 1:27 pm
    Someone that never heard “you get what you pay for”

    Take a look at our Speaker of the House.”
    Right you are. We are all paying for him now in more ways than one.

  4. bobcat1a says:

    And yet, no screams about the people who tanked our banking industry getting millions of dollars in bonuses, or Transocean execs getting “safety” bonuses after they blew up a rig and polluted the whole gulf coast.
    Oh no, just cut cut cut the educators pay! “Stupid is as stupid does.” -Forrest’s mom.

  5. harleyrider1 says:

    Good letter Larry. People tend to forget that is a public college – owned by us. The position you mention also comes with an annual cash bonus, full medical, and retirement.

    If we take the first step, we can take others. Let’s get a hold on public salaries and maybe return a larger proportion of tax dollars to other areas such as feeding children in this state and building roads for the future. The state just began a billboard campaign stating 1 in 6 children go hungry every day.

    Our country feeds other nations’ children before our own. Our state travels a similar path by its spend, spend, spend vision not focusing on those that are the most in need, but how can we attract person-x to be the next Chancellor?

    And when I say those that are the most in need, I’m not referencing scams, welfare fraud, aliens. I am referring to children attending our schools where their only meal for the day is the one the school serves. We could do better.

  6. truthbusterguy says:

    The cost of education has risen as fast as the cost of health careā€¦Such totally uncontrollable expenditures, without any visible improvement in either the content or quality of education, means that the system is rapidly becoming untenable. Higher education is in deep crisis.

    We need Scott Walker to design WA State a plan.

    Anothe case of union cancer on society.

  7. more truthbusting…….a Chancellor’s pay has nothing to do with the Union as the position is very much management.

  8. UW (Seattle) is giving preference to out of state students who pay $24,750 annual tuition as opposed to $8,122 for a state resident.

  9. harleyrider1 says:
    April 23, 2011 at 7:58 am
    Good letter Larry. People tend to forget that is a public college – owned by us. The position you mention also comes with an annual cash bonus, full medical, and retirement.”

    Lets go back to looking at the Speaker of the House who gets $175K a year and shortened his work week to three days.

    I don’t hear the right wing complaining about him

  10. “We need Scott Walker to design WA State a plan”

    Watch what happens to Scott Walker in January.

  11. Resident01 says:

    Why is this subject, like so many I am reading today, seen as a Conserative or Liberal, Dem or Repub, brilliant or dumb?
    How can we ever get anything done with this idiotic parsing of facts and opinions, and the ‘everybody knows’ ideas we hear anymore.
    Anybody ever take a class in logic?

  12. People tend to forget that is a public college – owned by us.

    What people tend to overlook is that private, for profit colleges like Phoenix University receive nearly 90 percent of their revenues from federal student aid programs. And then they turn around and pour millions into the coffers of politicians through lobbying efforts.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/25/for-profit-colleges_n_853363.html

    Meanwhile, public colleges have less and less of their funding from taxes (here at Idaho State University only 20% of the budget comes from the state) they are cutting programs, laying off instructors, cutting pay and benefits and continually raising tuition.

    Maybe your outrage is misplaced….

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