So what is behind the love-fest between the daily and ASU’s overpaid kingpin, Michael Crow? Whatever it is, he is guaranteed adulation whenever his name appears inked on their increasinly slim sheets. Today, he merits two full pages.
In June the Arizona Board of Regents generously and unanimously voted to gift Crow, 52, a 25 percent raise in pay and benefits bringing him to a record $720,000 a year. That figure excludes the additional bonus of $150,000.
“I view this as sort of ‘carry on and work harder,’ ” Crow said as he thanked the board at the meeting at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
Regent and Democrat former Arizona U.S. Sen. Dennis DeConcini said he was impressed with Crow’s effort to make ASU accessible to many students and his progress in increasing student diversity.
Could DeConcini be referring to diversity of thought? Wouldn’t bet on it. Most likely it is state government judging student quality by use of raced-based preferences.
“He’s worth every dollar he gets paid because he delivers,” DeConcini said.
Meanwhile, at their December 6, 2007 meeting, the Regents voted to once again increase student tuition to our state’s three universities.