9/16/2011: Bill Graves of the Oregonian on the UO raises:
The report explains the UO jumped at the chance earlier this year to raise salaries and protect quality at a time when state support keeps shrinking. The university was careful to avoid merit or across-the-board pay increases, said Russ Tomlin, senior vice provost for academic affairs.
“We were expressly permitted to do promotion and retention and equity increases,” he said. “We focused most of our energy on equity increases, and that is where we were aggressive and where the concerns arose.”
The university, for example, raised the salary for a tenured mathematics professor from $77,000 to $84,000.
In a letter to Pernsteiner accompanying the report, Lariviere writes, “It is imperative, in order to retain the quality faculty and staff that makes this place special, that we continue to take all necessary and allowable actions to make progress on faculty and staff salaries.”
Hey – why no link to the report in the story? The RG has one here. I’m biased, but it is pretty convincing, except when they get to the raises for top level administrators. Frances Dyke announced her retirement and *then* was given an “equity raise” to $223,118. What does that have to do with retention – giving a raise to someone you want to leave, and who is leaving, thank god.
The letter references a diversity person leaving for more pay. In fact, 3 have left recently. VP for diversity Martinez was forced out. Neither of the other two were top administrators – far from it. One was recently given a raise to $39,400. The other was paid $51,750 and did not get a raise this round. These are strange examples to trot out when explaining why we gave raises to administrators making more than $200,000, with no outside offers – and frankly, little prospect of getting them at this point in their careers.
But Pernsteiner, having recently received a *retroactive* raise himself and on very thin ice with the Governor is not going to push this any farther.