Martinez

7/17/2009: Our remote sensing stations continue to pick up chatter about Charles Martinez’s promotion to Vice President. Apparently Lariviere did this without much discussion with the traditional OIED constituencies or with faculty and administrators who have been skeptical about his commitment to the job and his priorities. The latest rumor is that the OIED staff is “in revolt” and that there will be some sort of mediation. You’re doing a heckuva job, Charles.

Why Martinez got promoted?

7/11/2009: We’ve heard from several people now that Larivierre “promoted” OIED VProvost Charles Martinez to Vice President so that he could keep a closer eye on him and figure out what, exactly, is it that Martinez does to deserve his fat UO salary (and the special exemption Provost Jim Bean has given him to collect $100,000 on the side from OSLC.) In a panic Martinez has been trying to get local community people and faculty to endorse him. There’s some crazy talk that he may even have opened up those Spanish DVD lessons OSLC bought for him. Whatever. There are plenty of people who could take a job like this and the several million a year UO spends on diversity and accomplish something important. Martinez is a stuffed shirt who’s just in it for the 250 large. Everyone knows it, it makes UO look really bad to have him as our minority spokesperson, and people resent being pressured into supporting him.

We hope this rumor is true. While there’s some stiff competition, Martinez would be an excellent choice for the first of Frohnmayer’s cronies to get the boot.

Troubling news

6/26/2009: Incoming President Lariviere’s has announced a “reorganization” of the President’s office. It’s his office, and we have been trying to avoid second guessing, but what the hell:

Lariviere is promoting VProvost Charles Martinez to VPresident – despite Martinez’s long and flagrant history of violating UO’s rules about conflict of commitment. Equally troubling, this will mark Martinez’s 3rd administrative appointment for UO’s top Diversity job, and not once have we had an open, competitive, affirmative action compliant search. It’s one thing when we hire some good old boy as coach or AD without following the Affirmative Action rules – but our VP for Diversity? This doesn’t raise any red flags with Richard Lariviere? Wow.

There’s more about this reorganization here. The deadline for comments is Monday:

Current UO employees who wish to share any thoughts or comments regarding the reorganization within the Office of the President are invited to submit comments to [Incoming] President Lariviere. Comments should be directed to Barbara West at brew@uoregon.edu and must be received by 5:00 p.m. on June 30, 2009.

6/2/2009:

OSLC has now released its latest IRS form. Page 20 shows that UO Diversity VP Charles Martinez has continued with his second job there, working 25 hours per week off campus – I think this makes 3 straight years, ranging from 25 to 29 hours per weak. This blows way past the 1 day in 7 rule that the administration applies to the faculty – but so far Martinez seems to have a free pass from Provost Bean. The NIH guidelines also seem to forbid this: his FTE is about 17 months per year. You have to wonder how he gets away with it.

5/31/2009:

Greg Bolt has an article in the RG on overcomittment problems at UO. He mentions Edward Kame’enui’s $400,000 from Reading First, but not the $200,000 of UO money Melinda Grier spent lobbying the congressional committee (one invoice here) to get that investigation closed. Or so the timeline suggests. Charles Martinez comes in for special attention: he refuses to answer questions, but Provost Bean says he’s doing a heckuva job as Diversity VP, and it’s fine for him to ignore the 1 in 7 day rule, not run his grants through UO, have two jobs, and pull in over $250,000 – these rules aren’t for administrators! OSLC’s latest 990 form came out 5/15, but they’ve been ignoring our requests for it. As usual with Greg’s articles, you wish he would follow up on the quotes: “Really, Provost Bean – you think it is appropriate for one of your VPs to have a 29 hour per week job on the side? Would you offer the same deal to a professor?”

In fairness to Provost Bean he inherited Martinez from Provost Moseley, who had to hire a diversity VP on the quick, after he lost a discrimination lawsuit. So quick that UO didn’t even do an affirmative action compliant search. Rumor is that Bean and Lariviere intend to replace Martinez soon, hence all Bean’s effusive praise. One of the biggest problems with UO’s current administrators is they can never admit to the smallest mistake or tolerate any criticism. I’d think it would be hard accomplishing anything productive in an office where no one ever tells anyone the truth, but they really seem to enjoy it that way.

But probably the biggest conflict of interest at UO is Frohnmayer’s. Oregon law seems pretty clear:

… a public official … may not solicit or receive, directly or indirectly, any gift or gifts with an aggregate value in excess of $50 from any single source that could reasonably be known to have a legislative or administrative interest in any governmental agency in which the public official holds … any authority. (ORS244)

But half of Frohmayer’ pay from comes big time donors like Phil Knight, who certainly has a large interest in the UO President’s decisions. Phil apparently sends another $1 million or so a year to the Fanconi Foundation – except when Dave misbehaves. That’s a serious and very sad conflict of interest, in every sense.

Martinez’s (Diversity VP) 2nd $150K job

Update 5/31/2009:

Greg Bolt has an article in the RG on overcomittment problems at UO. Diversity VP Charles Martinez comes in for special attention. Martinez’s off campus job is at the Oregon Social Learning Center. By running his NIDA grants through OSLC he has been able to do an end-run of the normal overcommitment rules. Here are the contracts showing Martinez’s 3/4 time UO position (pages 1-6) and his 3/4 time OSLC position (pages 7-12). The most recent report, through September 2008, has him working an average of 25 hours a week for OSLC, so he’s billing 19.5 months per year. At one point it was up to 21. His current pay, including a strange “administrative supplement” is now about $150K from UO, plus another $85K from his OSLC grants.

In fairness to Provost Bean he inherited Martinez from Provost Moseley, who had to hire a diversity VP on the quick, after he lost a discrimination lawsuit. So quick that UO didn’t even do an affirmative action compliant search, even a year later, when they converted him from interim to regular. No AA search for the VP for Diversity!?

While Martinez refuses to answer questions, Provost Bean says he’s doing a heckuva job, and it’s fine for him to ignore the usual 1 in 7 day rule on outside work, not run his grants through UO, and have two jobs. As usual with Greg’s articles, you wish he would follow up on his questions, as in: “Really, Provost Bean – you think it is appropriate for one of your VPs to have a 25 hour per week job on the side? Would you offer the same deal to a professor?”

Update from 5/13/2009 Senate meeting:

The meeting also had the Diversity Progress report by VP Charles Martinez. Charles’s speech was straight up bureaucratic double-speak. As has become traditional, Charles brought a large contingent of UO Diversity Committee people with him for protection, announced their presence and had them stand before speaking, and took so long to say nothing that there was no time for questions about that nothingness. But at least this year he took time off from his OSLC job to show up for the meeting, and we appreciate that gesture – so thanks Charles we really appreciate the (literally!) 1137 pages of “Diversity Action Plans” your office has processed. An awesome achievement, on paper.

Notably, Martinez did not mention the UMRP once. We will have more on why later. The other rumor is that his office will be reorganized and Charles will be replaced in fall, because of his second job and because people are beginning to wonder exactly what his office does, besides spend $1 million plus per year. The press release will read something like “Mission Accomplished”. We expect (hope?) that President Lariviere will insist on an open hiring process – it’s a little embarrassing having a Diversity VP who was hired without an Affirmative Action compliant search!