From Raghu’s always informative Eighteenth Elephant blog. Read it all, this is just a snippet:
Our Provost at the University of Oregon has stepped down, and there’s a call for nominations for a new one. The search will be internal, i.e. the next provost will be a UO faculty member.
Bill Harbaugh — economics professor, president of the University Senate, and muckracking journalist — tossed his hat into the ring as “The Half-Price Provost,” noting among other things that he’ll do the job for just $250,000, about half the present provost’s salary, and that since he owns a “paid-off ’87 GMC Caballero” (a hideous car/truck chimera), he doesn’t need the $12,000/year car stipend that comes with the job. There are real points as well; Bill is serious about his candidacy. I think he’d be good for UO. His odds of success are pretty close to zero, though.
It occurred to me that I could be provost, and that my candidacy offers some advantages compared to Bill’s:
- I can bid lower, offering to do the Provost’s job for 45% of the current salary. (More on this below, when the serious part starts.)
- Though I can’t pose in front of the administration building with a pseudo- El Camino, I can similarly decline the absurd car stipend that we offer extremely well paid people. Moreover, my transportation is even more Oregonian:
Raghu’s attack on my vehicle of choice is a new low in political campaigns, although my wife agrees with him about the “hideous”, and our daughters are now calling it “Dad’s Chimera”. Apparently not everyone appreciates chromed fake wire-wheel hubcaps.
As for the salary, Raghu goes on to argue, with data, that the new provost should be paid about $370,000:
Here, I will make the serious argument that the next provost should have a salary of at most $370k.
The provost position presently pays about $489,000 per year. I was curious about the history of this gigantic salary, so I dug through reports  at the UO Institutional Research site. From 2008 to the present, the salary has increased enormously:
The rest of his argument is here. While I agree with it, I’m still willing to do the job for $250,000.