Worth their weight in gold
Arizona State University’s main fund-raising apparatus, the ASU Foundation, is being criticized for its rising overhead spending and for hiring ASU President Michael Crow’s wife, Sybil Francis, as a ’senior adviser’ at a $160,000 annual salary, according to the daily.
The newspaper has made a sideline career of bolstering the highly paid Crow, devoting numerous pages of glowing articles in tribute. And, we’re told he’s worth every dollar we pay him, because he delivers.”
Johnnie Ray, ASU’s Foundation’s president and chief executive officer. said Francis is present at many university events and helps cultivate potential donors.
Foundation officials contend the arrangement is ethical and legal. Spouses of all university presidents spend an enormous amount of time promoting the university’s interests, Ray said. “There are some universities that choose to pay spouses of presidents as employees and some who do not,” he said. “We are one who chooses to pay because we believe that service has a huge return on that investment.”
Why are we not surprised ASU would be one of the universities that “chooses to pay?”
Meanwhile, student fees and tuition rates continue to escalate, while Crow ensures that illegal alien students, whom he refers to as “special-class international students” are the recipients of financial largess from his caché of private benefactors, enabling them to obtain in-state tuition, adverse to the restrictions imposed by voter approved Proposition 300.
Earlier this month, in the midst of a descending economy, Crow unveiled his ambitious plans for a massive construction project-a $185 million, seven-story science and technology building, scheduled to open in fall 2010.
Hey, it’s only money.