- A former University of Illinois at Chicago chancellor received a $450k retention bonus.
- Trustees of the College of DuPage approved a severance package for its President that will pay $763k to retire in 2015, 3 years early.
- The former President of Illinois State University received a ~$481k severance package after less than a year on the job.
- The President of Heartland Community College has a contract that runs until 2023.
- In addition to the regular state pension conributions, the Elgin Community College President received $30k toward two retirement plans.
- The College of DuPage footed the bill for its President's membership to the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation, an exclusive hunting and fishing retreat.
- Lincoln Land Community College provides President Charlotte Warren with memberships at the Sangamo Club and Illini Country Club.
- Kankakee Community College pays its President's country club membership.
- The President of Harper College receives a $32k housing allowance.
- Carl Sandburg College President Lori Sundberg receives a $20k+ car allowance.
- South Suburban College gave its former President, George Dammer, $27k to purchase a car before he started at the South Holland campus.
In defense of "pay and perk" practices like these—oftentimes negotiated in secret, closed-door meetings--it is argued that these practices attract—and retain—talented administrators. For example, club memberships provide a place for administrators to schmooz with potential donors and other stakeholders.
Yet such perks, the report notes, contradict public education's mission of providing affordable learning opportunities:
This [practice] has led to a culture of arrogance and a sense of
entitlement reflected in many of these executive compensation plans,
with an apparent disregard for middle-class families whose taxes
and tuition dollars are funding these exorbitant salaries and excessive
The report provides some additional factoids about Illinois' public universities:
- The number of full-time administrative staff increased 31.1% between 2004 and 2010.
- The number of full-time faculty increased 1.8% and the number of students increased 2.3%.
- In fiscal year 2011, the state's 9 public universities averaged a 45:1 student:administrator ratio. At the University of Illinois the ratio is 30:1.
Any guess who wants to make 2 years of community college a universal "right"?
Any guess who's going to be left holding the bag for this lavish spending?
The really "big" problem is that this scam isn't limited to the Land of Lincoln.
Let the discussion begin...
To read the article in the Chicago Tribune, click on the following link: