Duck AD Rob Mullens fails to show UO the money, gets 71% pay cut

7/25/2017 (Reposted on 10/15/2017 for no particular reason):

Just kidding. As explained below, the UO administration has rewarded Rob Mullen’s consistent failure to produce any profits for UO with a big raise and a porkalicious contract which they kept secret for 8 months, after using a loophole to avoid public review by the Board of Trustees.

Nike CEO Mark Parker, on the other hand, has some shareholders with incentives to hold him accountable for failing to deliver. The Oregonian’s Jeff Manning explains the consequences – and thanks to the Securities and Exchange Commission, he didn’t need to file a public records request to get the documents:

After tough year, Nike downsizes executive salaries

Most of Nike’s executive team got double-digit pay cuts in 2017, a reflection of a difficult year at the company.

Mark Parker, Nike’s chief executive officer, president and board chair, took the biggest hit. While he’s not headed for the poor house anytime soon, Parker’s total compensation fell from $47 million in 2016 to $13.8 million this year, a 71 percent reduction.

Likewise, the sneaker giant’s other top executives endured hefty reductions. …

7/7/2017: Rob Mullens’ secret $10M 8-year porkalicious contract & perverse incentives

8 months after the secret deal, President Schill tells the Oregonian’s Andrew Greif why he paid Duck AD Rob Mullens millions more at the same time UO was laying off faculty and hitting up our students for tuition increases:

“His contributions to UO have cemented a legacy of excellence that will have a lasting effect in the classroom and on the field. We were happy to extend his contract and are confident that he will continue to work for the benefit of the entire university.”

Sure. The most disturbing parts of this contract are the perverse incentives it gives Mullens to inflate spending and increase the amount of money he gets from ASUO and from UO’s academic side – many millions a year in subsidies – and the lack of any consequences for Mullens for additional damage to our “brand” from new scandals on his watch.

Instead of a bonus for the “Director’s Cup” Pres Schill should have paid Mullens a percentage of any money the athletic department transfers to the academic side to support UO’s academic mission. But Schill is going to just assume “that he will continue to work for the benefit of the entire university.” That’s unlikely. I predict Mullens will continue to do what he’s been incentivized to do – win games for the Ducks, regardless of what it takes and how much it costs the university in money and reputation.

Apparently the raise that the Trustees approved in 2015 was not enough for AD Rob Mullens. He came back for more, and President Schill gave it to him, in October.  $10M over 8 years, with retention bonuses and penalties for UO if we fire him, unless for cause. Apparently incessant scandals and millions in subsidies are not cause.

I don’t know why the Board of Trustees Executive and Audit committee did not meet in public to approve this, as they are supposed to do for contracts over $5M, and as they did for his last raise. I also don’t know why the contract was never posted on the UO Public Records website with the other athletics contracts, although I can imagine. Here’s the math:

Say, anyone know if we are still paying Helfrich? Full Mullens contract here. The money shots:

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11 Responses to Duck AD Rob Mullens fails to show UO the money, gets 71% pay cut

  1. Jo Mojo says:

    Approve the snake Rob Mullens’ raise but fire faculty members due to budget cuts. Seems legit.

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  2. schillionaires says:

    It costs a lot of money for someone who knows how to play ball.

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  3. New Year Cat says:

    Extra payments of $25,000 and $50,000? You could hire a couple of classified staff or a REAL professor for that kind of money. Shame on UO.

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  4. honest Uncle Bernie says:

    Legacy in the classroom hardy haw haw haw!

    Still — long as uncle is paying — the incentive for UO is make uncle happy in hopes he will eventually unload a bil or two on the “regular” campus.

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  5. Former Student says:

    Mr. Mullens is paid more than CEO’s of publicly traded companies, when comparing base salaries and total salaries. Please note I’m not referring to small publicly traded companies, I’m referring to companies that generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.

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    • UO Matters says:

      And many of those CEOs don’t just bring in revenue, they actually control costs and make money for the company, and they avoid repeatedly damaging the reputation of the stakeholders.

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  6. CSN says:

    Isn’t this consistent with academia versus corporate jobs, though? We accept lower salaries in exchange for lower variance?

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  7. anonymous says:

    Would this, alone, fund reasonable COLA’s for classified staff, keeping step increases, not increasing insurance percentage? Yeah, probably.

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    • Niccolo M says:

      And how about tuition increases? Staff and faculty have unions that will speak for them and might thereby indirectly, magically, limit unreasonably high spending on future AD contracts. (I know, I am so incredibly naive)
      But there are more contracts like this one. They all drive tuition up. Especially with golden parachutes like above. Note the progressive nature of retention incentives and retention incentives not yet paid in case of early contract termination. It is the cumulative perks that are frivolous.

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  8. Suey! says:

    Thanks for reporting on the outrageous duck pork. Keep up the good work. The board should be all over Rob’s robbery, but they’re AWOL. If only the overfed Ducks could be made into some academic fois gras.

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  9. bah humbug says:

    Good job Pres run this place into the ground one expensive Administrator at a time.

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