Monthly Archives: May 2012

Money Talks: UF pays higher admin well above median salaries for their positions

 

A recent article in the Gainesville Sun noted that Provost Glover (who received a $50,000 raise in 2010, bringing his total salary up to $350,000) was among many colleagues in higher administration to bring in a shockingly high paycheck in 2010.

Matt Fajack, UF’s chief financial officer, received a $51,000 raise, raising his salary to $255,000.

Win Phillips, who was promoted from vice president for research to senior vice president and chief operating officer earned a $20,000, bringing his salary to $375,000 in fall of 2011.

Finally, David Guzick, senior vice president of health affairs, received $28,000 boost in 2010, raising his salary to $728,000.

According to the article*,

Fajack said administrative salaries at UF are a reflection of the university’s complexity and a need to be competitive in keeping talented people.

“We’re a $4.3 billion operation, and that’s a very complex operation,” he said. “It demands some of the best people, and you have to pay for it.”

We who are proponents of spending the reserves do not doubt that running the University of Florida is a complex operation.  Luckily, the article also took the time to outline how various higher administration employees’ salaries compare to the national averages of other complex universities.

Bernie Machen, UF President

2011: $432,808
Median doctoral: $392,150
Difference: $40,658

Joseph Glover, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs

2011: $350,000
Median doctoral: $281,162
Difference: $68,838

David Guzick, senior vice president for health affairs

2011: $728,000
Median doctoral: $541,419
Difference: $185,581

The University of Florida claims that it is in a financial crisis, which is why budget cuts have been proposed that would close two libraries and lay off staff and delay services like financial aid disbursement and building repairs.

President Machen has been very public about wanting to raise tuition to the national average.  It would seem to follow that if UF wants its students to pay the national average, higher administration should be expected to follow suit.

*Salaries are reported by UF, comparisons come from national averages of median salaries for administrative positions, with the closest comparable position.

 

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FSU and other state universities plan to use reserves to cover these one-time cuts

FSU and other state universities plan to use reserves to cover these one-time cuts

UF appears to be one of the only universities that is not using reserves to cover this year’s budget cuts.  In total, legislators withheld $300 million from state universities this year in a one-time cut based on the money they had in reserves. UF administrators have maintained that this loss will be recurring.  However, a recent article shows that schools like FSU are using reserves to cover these one-time cuts, as the Board of Governors and Florida lawmakers have suggested.  As JD Alexander, Senate Budget Chairman, explains, “…what we did is said, ‘Give us $300 million back out of the $859 million in cash you were sitting on.”

A financial administrator at Florida State University explained that their long-term financial plan “involved building up our reserves, which we are now using to cover this one-year cut to our recurring state support.”  Both New College and UCF are also planning to use some of their reserves to cover these temporary budget cuts.

New College and UNF both mentioned using attrition to cover some of the budget cuts.  Accordingly, UF appears to be the only university to be hiring as usual, with over 100 job postings while other universities have posted 2 (FIU), 1 (FSU, USF, UCF, FAU, UNF, Florida A & M, and FGCU), or 0 (UWF) new positions (https://spendthereservessaveuf.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/uf-advertises-in-the-chonicle-of-higher-education/)

Meanwhile, UF remains obstinate in its refusal to use reserves.

We want to know why President Machen and Provost Glover are claiming they have no choice in forcing the state’s $38 million cuts onto the backs of students, faculty, staff and graduate assistants.  It appears that other universities have been innovative in finding solutions to this one-time budget reduction.  If UF claims to be a leader in higher education, why are they lagging behind?

Did Provost Glover need a $50,000 raise last year?

Does Provost Glover need to be making $350,000 a year? 

According to UF’s published administration salaries, Provost Glover made $300,000 in 2010 
http://www.afn.org/~afscme/0310salaries.pdf (p. 5)

In 2011, Glover’s salary went up to $350,000 in 2011
http://www.ir.ufl.edu/factbook/v-14_salaries.pdf (p. 5)

Does a Provost need this kind of raise while the rest of the university is cutting salaries?  The University of Florida needs to explain how this figure reflects its priorities as an institution of higher education, and one of the top research universities in the nation.

UF Claims Budget Crisis, Searches for 102 New Hires

Higher administration maintains that UF is in a place of financial crisis, which justifies millions of dollars in proposed cuts to faculty, graduate assistants, staff and library facilities, starting this July.  However, UF’s hiring patterns tell a slightly different story.  The Chronicle of Higher Education reports 102 job postings at the University of Florida.  Of these job postings, 77 were posted in the last 30 days and 10 went on the site in the past week.  Other Florida universities that are facing one-time state budget cuts appear to be holding off on hiring.  FIU is hiring two new positions, while FSU, USF, UCF, FAU, UNF, Florida A&M, and FGCU are each posting 1 position.  UWF has not advertised for any additional faculty or staff hires.  Why is higher administration choosing to make so many additional faculty, staff and administration hires when they are proposing severe, immediate cuts?

http://chronicle.com/jobSearch?contextId=61&facetClear=1&searchQueryString=&position=&location=&postalcode=32608&within=10

UF on hiring spree while declaring budget crisis

currently open positions  according to the Chronicle of Higher Education:

UF    102          

other Florida universities: FIU 2,   FSU ,USF ,UCF ,FAU,UNF,FA&M,FGCU each  1,   UWF   0

UF Stands Together, Fights Back

On Wednesday, April 25, University of Florida students, faculty, graduate assistants and staff rallied to demand UF administration spend money from the reserves instead of cutting faculty, staff and GA positions.  Because the Board of Governors stated that these were one-time cuts, they could be covered using funding from UF’s reserves totaling over $1 billion

(The amount in the reserves come from this past year’s official UF audit, linked under the May 1 post, “UF: Financially Unhealthy?”)

The rally was covered in the Gainesville Sun:   http://www.gainesville.com/article/20120425/ARTICLES/120429723?tc=ar

As well as WUFT
http://www.wuft.org/news/2012/04/25/protestors-call-for-uf-to-spend-reserves-before-cutting-programs-and-employees/

CLAS Cuts: Forum Thursday (5/2) at 2:30 PM

The $5.5 million in proposed budget cuts to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are being discussed at a public forum Thursday, May 3, at 2:30 in the Reitz Union Auditorium.  Please come to hear how your department will be affected, and to voice your concerns on UF’s choice to cut research at one of the nation’s top universities.

UF: Financially Unhealthy?

UF continues to argue that it is in a state of financial crisis.  However, UF’s financial statements for the last fiscal year, as reported by UF and an independent auditor, tell a different story.

Highlights:

  • The University’s assets totaled $3.0 billion at June 30, 2011.  This balance reflects a $122.0 million, or 4.2%, increase from the 2009-10 fiscal year.
  • The University’s operating revenues totaled $1.5 billion for the 2010-11 fiscal year, representing a 6.1% increase over the 2009-10 fiscal year.

Access the full report here:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/1RQNsvT-httnVk0QRRZvlzTkti66p-ESVYW_Cly60JOXY1Qn3Dp21CrPVj4qy/edit?pli=1