PSU President Rahmat Shoureshi gets Gottfredsonesque buy-out

Jeff Manning has the report in the Oregonian here. A snippet:

Shoureshi fired several high level employees. Others quit to get away from him. By last fall, trustees had heard enough complaints to convince them Shoureshi needed a wake-up call.

Castillo and two other trustees, Pete Nickerson and Hinkley, met with him last November and put him on notice that they weren’t happy with his performance as president.

In a follow-up letter dated Nov. 13, Castillo listed the reasons why:

  • “Putting your financial self-interest ahead of the university’s.
  • “Treating staff unprofessionally.
  • “Not giving sufficient consideration to the views or your executive leaders.
  • “Engaging in conduct that could seriously adversely affect the university’s reputation and standing among critical stakeholders and,
  • “Misleading the board.”

In the letter, Castillo detailed one of Shoureshi’s attempts to deceive his own board. Between his salary, a housing stipend and a transportation stipend, the university was paying him about $750,000 a year. But after a year in the job, Shoureshi wanted more. He asked for a 4 percent pay hike, the same as the faculty got, he explained.

The board granted the raise only to later learn that the faculty did not get a 4 percent raise. They got 2.3 percent increases.

Seems a bit odd that PSU’s board didn’t know or care to find out how much the faculty were getting, but I’ve seen stranger things.

I have it from a generally reliable source that the newly appointed acting President, College of Urban and Public Affairs Dean Stephen Percy, is a great choice.

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One Response to PSU President Rahmat Shoureshi gets Gottfredsonesque buy-out

  1. Cheyney Ryan says:

    ADMINISTRATORS AFTER “#MeToo”: According to the earlier Oregonian story, there was a strong gendered dimension to the abuse Shoureshi dished out, though it notes: “The story of the Shoureshi era at Portland State goes far beyond another #MeToo account of male privilege and gender inequity.” Why didn’t the PSU search committee look into his stance/record on these sorts of issues when it hired him? I have written the Search Committee for the new Provost asking that it make commitment to Title IX issues, including past actions in this regard, a strong factor in appointing a new Provost. [Oregonian article: https://www.oregonlive.com/education/2019/03/ethical-issues-staff-mistreatment-leads-to-uncertain-future-for-psu-president.html%5D

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