Ex-UA dean files $2M pay equality lawsuit against Regents; provost resigns
… According to the lawsuit, Patricia MacCorquodale, who has worked at the UA since 1978 and was dean of the school’s Honors College for almost 25 years, was “dramatically underpaid” — sometimes as much as $100,000 — compared to other male deans including her less-experienced successors.
She attributed the pay disparity at the school to Provost Andrew Comrie, and his predecessors who have the power to appoint deans and settle their salaries.
Also Monday, the university announced that Comrie, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, was resigning from that position and returning full-time to the faculty.
… After announcing her intent to step down in June 2017, she alleges that she was pushed out of the position a year early by Comrie in retaliation.
Elliott Cheu, former associate dean of the College of Science since 2008 was appointed interim dean in her place. He made $100,000 more a year than she did in her last and 17th year in the position, the lawsuit said. She also found that he made more as an assistant dean than she did as the dean of the Honors College. In 2017, the university announced that Terry Hunt, dean of the University of Oregon’s Honors College, was the new UA Honors dean. The lawsuit said the school is paying Hunt $230,000, nearly $70,000 more than MacCorquodale earned as dean. …
Since the UA faculty have no union, their administration can’t use the “blame it on the union” argument, as UO is trying to do in the Freyd lawsuit:
So presumably the UA lawyers will fall back on the argument that if she really wanted a raise she should have got her buddies at another school to make her an outside offer, like the good old boys do.