That would be President Steven Leath at Iowa State. From the Des Moines Register:
Iowa State University is the only school in the country to increase hiring of full-time faculty and slash staffing in all other areas over the past decade, a new report finds.
Between 2004 and 2012, ISU boosted by 41 percent the number of full-time faculty per 1,000 students, while decreasing part-time faculty and all non-teaching staff. That differs from other colleges and universities, which over the last decade have hired “an explosion of new workers” to fill administrative jobs while increasingly relying on part-time faculty and graduate students to teach students, according to the report released by the Delta Cost Project at the American Institutes for Research.
“We’re trying to intentionally run a very lean operation and put as much into direct support of students and faculty as we can,” said ISU President Steven Leath.
“UNI, which disputed the accuracy of the data, was the only Iowa public university to increase its part-time faculty. Both administrators and a faculty union leader said the jump in part-time workers since 2004 is 38 percent, while full-time faculty had declined 7 percent. Officials said that’s far lower than a 200 percent increase in part-time teachers cited in the study, even when accounting for a decline in enrollment.”
A little cold water on the “unions will stop this trend” argument.
Doesn’t this suggest that out current administrators should be pinched between Faculty (those who care) and the board? Does the board not have interests more-closely aligned with faculty than with administrators? At some level, this suggests that we should be winning. This makes me wonder how we can better coordinate with the board.