Wednesday, August 9, 2017

"a reward for incompetence" - Reward for failure to articulate systemwide cognizance of total remuneration...

UC Berkeley ex-chancellor to receive $434,000 while on leave
..."Last year, The Chronicle revealed that UC Berkeley had allowed a former vice chancellor to receive the salary perk even though the former executive had been forced out of the administrative position for violating UC’s sexual harassment policy."
"Three major problems characterized his tenure: a $150 million budget deficit the campus is still trying to eliminate, a series of sexual harassment scandals, and the death of a football player whose medical condition was all but ignored by the athletics department. UC Berkeley admitted liability and paid the family a $4.75 million settlement."
Former UC Berkeley chancellor to earn $434,000 in paid time off

"Nicholas Dirks, the former UC Berkeley chancellor who stepped down earlier this year amid a string of controversies, will receive more than $400,000 during a year off before he returns to teaching next fall.

As chancellor for four years, Dirks earned almost $532,000. During his year-long sabbatical, in accordance with UC policy, he’ll receive $434,000 of that figure, a UC spokeswoman confirmed. Had he served five years as chancellor, he would have received the full amount.

“As is usual practice, UC Berkeley will pay his compensation during this leave, which lasts through June 2018,” the spokeswoman, Dianne Klein, wrote in an email.

The practice might be standard but it doesn’t make sense to some faculty. “What’s there to say? It’s ridiculous, but is in keeping with a history of not thinking or caring about what’s good for the university,” Michael Eisen, a genetics professor at UC Berkeley, wrote in an email.

“Even though it’s part of his contract, this looks like a reward for incompetence,” said Michael Burawoy, chair of the Berkeley Faculty Association. “It is an appalling commentary on the distribution of benefits at a time of supposed fiscal crisis and when many students can barely scrape together a living. He should contribute half his salary to a fund for homeless students.”

Dirks, whose tenure as chancellor at UC Berkeley was plagued by controversy surrounding his handling of campus sexual assault cases and the school’s budget deficit, will spend the year attending conferences, giving lectures and working on a book about the history and future of higher education, said a UC Berkeley spokeswoman, Janet Gilmore.

The year-long break is intended to provide paid time off “to transition from being a full-time administrator to a full-time academic professor,” Gilmore added.

During the 2018-19 school year, Dirks will begin teaching in the Division of Social Sciences at Cal. He’ll earn a little more than $237,300 in that role.

According to Klein, the UC spokeswoman, granting former chancellors a sabbatical “is common among public and private universities in the United States and, at UC helps to compensate for the lower salaries that our chancellors receive.”"


What do UC Chancellors receive as total remuneration? Would they have those outside board seats if they were NOT higher ed admin or UC Chancellors? Recall:
"“Oh, my God,” Howard said. “If these two chancellors have so much free time that they are able to earn $1 million and $400,000 while moonlighting, maybe we should cut their pay and use it to help people priced out of the University of California.”

New UC Davis Chancellor Gary May earns $325780 a year from outside board seats - Sacramento Bee

Former chancellor Nicholas Dirks to be paid $434K while on leave
The Daily Californian
Read some harrowing accounts:
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P.S. New Dirks op ed in WaPo is full of irony, he could not get his administration's act together on how to handle Title IX-and other issues- but he has a lot of words on:
""The real issue in the campus speech debate: The university is under assault"

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