UC corrects ‘injustice’ by increasing chancellors’ already huge pay packages
While the University of California’s 10-campus system lacks funds to keep the student-faculty ratio from increasing and replace aging technologies, chancellors have been given significant hikes in their already huge salary packages.
George Blumenthal, chancellor of University of California Santa Cruz, has been given a 20 per cent salary hike, from $319,300 per annum to $383,160 per annum; while University of California Merced chancellor Dorothy Leland’s salary has been hiked from $319,300 to $383,160 per annum.
Harry Yang, chancellor of University of California Santa Barbara, now pockets $389,340, significantly up from his previous annual salary of $324,450.
Some people criticized the hikes, but Regent Russell Gould said it was a matter of correcting “injustices.” University of California chancellors’ pay packages look quite massive, but it is a matter of fact that the chancellors in the golden state are among the lowest-paid chancellors in the United States.
Nevertheless, critics say that universities are paying their administrators like CEOs of big companies because the educational institutions have become businesses that see their students as customers.
The person best fit to run a University is a person is concerned about enhancing student learning; rather than being discontented with a free accommodation, free travel and annual salary of $300,000. Moreover, work of educating young people at a state-run, nonprofit education institution should not be considered as a business at all.
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