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Top Admins’ raises blow past cost of living – but not for SEIU staff or GTFF

Thanks to an anonymous correspondent for compiling these from official data sources:


Western States Consumer Price Index: 3.1%


State Funding (PUSF): +16.3%

UO Student Tuition: +7.1%

GTFF Graduate Employees

Average Salary: $16,000 (based on 9-month .49FTE)

Mgt Proposed Cost of Living Adjustment: 1.85% (~$296/yr)

Union ask: 4% (~$640/yr)

SEIU Classified Staff

Average Salary: $40,000 (12-month 1.0FTE)

Mgt Proposed Cost of Living Adjustment ~0.75% (~$300/yr)

Union ask: 3.5% (~$1400/yr)

Notable Administrator Raises (2018-19)

Jay Namyet (UO Foundation): +10% (+$43,000/yr)

Paul Weinhold (UO Foundation): +8% (+$36,000/yr)

Aaron Feld (Athletics Str&Cond Coord): +46% (+$110,000/yr)

Alejandro Mirabal (Ass’t Fb Coach) +15% (+$50,000/yr)

Jessica Minton (VP Info Svcs): +15.2% (+$77,000/yr)

Michael Schill (UO President): +9% (+$60,000/yr)

Gregory Stripp (Advisor to Pres): +21% (+$51,000/yr)

Angela Wilhelms (Advisor to Pres): +22% (+$25,000/yr)

Brad Shelton (VP Budget): +5% (+$13,000/yr)

Kyle Henley (University Comms): +3.9% (+$10,000/yr)

Kevin Reed (Gen Council): +3% (+$9,000/yr)


  1. why? 08/29/2019

    Minton’s salary is actually up like 35%. Why are we giving these raises? Are these outside offers or just people negotiating effectively internally?

    • Deplorable Duck 08/29/2019

      A third possibility is the need to preserve optics. Sometimes when they have to give one person a raise to keep them, they need to also give raises to people above or around that person to avoid it looking awful. Not saying that’s the case here, but in general this happens quite a bit.

      • uomatters Post author | 08/29/2019

        But why does this only work for top administrators?

        • Deplorable Duck 08/29/2019

          I’ve seen it work at all levels, including mine. Your mileage may vary.

          Not saying it’s good or bad–just how it is.

  2. honest Uncle Gangsta 08/29/2019

    I could almost wonder are they trying to goad the unions into striking this Fall? But I would be nuts, right?

  3. Darby 08/29/2019

    Contract years begin July 1, end June 30.

    Management COLA proposals for SEIU do NOT start at the beginning of the contract year.

    0% COLA 2019
    1% March 1, 2020 (ie AFTER 8 months of contract year)
    0.75% COLA November 1, 2020 (after 4 months of contract year)
    0.75% COLA March 1, 2021 (again, after 8 months of the contract year)

    honest Uncle Gansta asks if they are trying to goad the unions to striking. Well, maybe they are. They really, really would like to break the unions and may be hoping they can split them on a strike.

    I think their proposals reveal their utter lack of respect for the jobs classified staff & GE do, as well as an utter lack of respect for them as people.

    They certainly have no problem padding their compensation packages, don’t they.

  4. New Year Cat 08/29/2019

    Not to mention a disrespect for the students and their parents, the taxpayers (yes people in unions are also taxpayers), and the legislature that gave them the extra money.

  5. Board Gored 08/30/2019

    Result of the move from state control to an “independent” “local” board: tuition through the roof along with spending on top execs and athletics while everyone else gets screwed.

  6. an anonymous correspondent 08/30/2019

    Correcting some numbers with more accurate information:

    GTFF Graduate Employees
    Average Salary: $14,600 (based on 9-month .4FTE)
    Mgt Proposed Cost of Living Adjustment: 1.85% (~$271/yr)
    Union ask: 4% (~$584/yr)

    SEIU Classified Staff
    Average Salary: $36,100 (12-month 1.0FTE)
    Mgt Proposed Cost of Living Adjustment ~0.75% (~$271/yr)
    Union ask: 3.5% (~$1263/yr)

    Jessica Minton (VP Info Svcs): +24.9% (+$77,000/yr)

    • Darby the Large 08/31/2019

      So Jessica Minton’s *raise* alone for ONE YEAR is well over *twice* the average *annual* income of SEIU classified staff?!

      Wow. I cannot imagine anyone do that fabulous of a job. I also cannot imagine she was that horribly underpaid when she was hired a few years ago.

      Well, as least this will give her justification for an even higher rate when her 5 years is up (CIO’s last about that and UO is no destination CIO job, it’s a stepping stone, tanks to corporate UO).

  7. White Queen 09/02/2019
    Certationes maxime amare
    “Loving sports the most”


    Largitione ac donis
    “Through bribes and gifts”

    Multi matriculantur, pauci gradum suscipiunt
    “Many matriculate, few graduate”

    In reliquum tempus aere distrahi
    “Torn asunder by debt for the rest of your life”

    • uomatters Post author | 09/02/2019

      Thanks – and to think some deans don’t understand why the classics are still relevant.

  8. Hippo 09/02/2019

    Just spent a weekend with some Fox-news-Trump-voting family members. A CEO of a major business explained his understanding of higher ed: Universities lobbied for more loans for students, they then take that money, blow it on “bloated administration salaries and sinecures ”, keep saying they are broke, keep raising tuition, keep spending it on tracks and deans, which then requires them to raise tuition even more. “And now the politicians are promising loan forgiveness to bail the students out!” Never mind the accuracy of this picture, but this is what Joe Taxpayer, and our state legislature, think. The picture is unfortunately corroborated in part by the underlying truth of a growing administration who seem to love spending money on themselves and their pet projects orthogonal to the mission of the University. It’s no wonder the state is tired of opening its purse for education. Shame on the administrators for providing the ammunition for those who want to dismantle public infrastructure by showcasing exactly the behavior required for this narrative.

    • Dog 09/02/2019

      it is always useful to interface with the real world – in our manufactured ivory tower, we seem to avoid this at all costs, and ultimately, our own peril

    • Deplorable Duck 09/02/2019

      Honestly, would the SEIU really strongly disagree with this picture?

      Yeah, lefties are reflexively in favor of education (as I am, albeit with far more bitter irony), but no one can be thrilled about our current method of allocating resources.

    • CSN 09/03/2019

      > CEO of a major business

      > Joe Taxpayer

      Something isn’t right here…

      • honest Uncle Bernie 09/04/2019

        Though “big business” is increasingly a province of the Democrats, there are still quite a few CEO’s among the Republicans, along with quite a few — legions — of “Joe Taxpayers.”

    • honest Uncle Bernie 09/04/2019

      Hippo — this is believable, and it has more than a grain of truth to it.

      One very important thing that is left out of this, however — the loans have gotten so big mostly because of cutbacks in public support of higher education at the state level — a conscious choice to shift money away from higher ed to welfare and medicaid, etc. In other words, costs shifted to students and their families — which they pay for by borrowing. I have seen surveys that show that the public is mostly unaware of this shift, and the consequences for public university tuition, and borrowing.

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