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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 | 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 …

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