PSU story here:
The Faculty Senate also passed a resolution Monday demanding that the university provide faculty with a copy of the all-funds budget, which would include detailed line items. The motion passed 48 to 0 vote, with four abstentions, says Bob Liebman, presiding officer of the Senate.
Their union is bargaining with their administration, which seems to be pulling the same sorts of stunts Moffitt, Gottfredson and Rudnick – whoops, I mean “The University” – pulled on the UO faculty union:
4/13/2012: That’s the rumor, from an anonymous correspondent. They recently hired a rather controversial VPFA, Monica Rimai. And their website reports some serious budget problems. UO’s operations in Portland are also not doing well either – reportedly losing $3.5 million a year. Good thing we didn’t let Frohnmayer and Bean buy that $1 million dollar reindeer sign.
12/20/2011. Last week it was Ed Ray at OSU. Now it’s Wim Weiwel at PSU. Next week I suppose we’ll learn that Pernsteiner did it too. From the Bill Graves Oregonian story:
Portland State University faculty will get as much as a 4.1 percent pay raise for each of the next two years under a tentative contract agreement reached with administrators Monday.
The agreement, which union members must still vote on, affects the 1,288 full-time teaching and research faculty who belong to the American Association of University Professors.
Wim Wiewel, PSU president, said he would like to see faculty – who are paid well below professors at comparable universities – get more. …
They are unionized. I haven’t heard a peep from the UO faculty union organizers as of late. The most recent post on their website is almost a month old. I thought they were going to seize the moment and start a card check in January. Anyone know what is going on?
9/19/2011: Be clear: this is not some lowly professor abusing the system. It’s a politically well connected administrator, using $4500 in state funds for his “working trip” to England and Paris. From Brent Walth in WWeek:
“We concluded that there was not a valid conference to justify PSU’s reimbursement of Mr. Button’s European trip,” the audit says. “While Mr. Burton may have attended one to two business meetings, he was unable to account for the majority of the trip itinerary.” …
… The auditors also said emails sent by Burton show he set up the trip in part to visit family in Europe. Auditors found that Burton wrote to an official in Europe to say he was looking for a conference he could attend to help justify his trip. According to the audit, Burton wrote, “My stepdaughter lives in Surrey and her 50th birthday is coming up in September and I’m looking for an excuse to visit.”
… He said he did attend meetings in England and one day of a conference in France. He said he spent three days in Paris ill in bed at his hotel.
Bummer, except he’s probably lying about that too. Audit report here. The only other case I’ve heard of where an administrator had to pay back an Oregon university was our own Dave Frohnmayer. Both he and Burton – also a former state legislator with some political pull – were allowed to leave gracefully.
I hope Governor Kitzhaber does the same with Chancellor Pernsteiner, and quick. With or without the grace. And yes, I’ve got a PR request in for more expense reports, so keep that single malt coming.
5/25/2011: Jack Bogdanski is not impressed:
Her name is Monica Rimai, and she comes to Portlandia from the State University of New York, where she was the chief operating officer. She was at SUNY for just a year and a half; she was reportedly making $325,000 a year there, along with (for a while) a $60,000-a-year housing allowance, which apparently she gave up after a nasty flap arose about how much she and some other bigwigs were being paid.
Sounds like she and Pernsteiner
should get along just fine.