KKNT 960 AM radio reports that ASU President Michael Crow has released a letter to faculty detailing the university’s plan to manage the $90 million reduction in state funding by increasing tuition, outsourcing services and employing the novel concept of cutting costs.
In June 2007 the Arizona Board of Regents unanimously voted to gift Crow, a 25 percent raise in pay and benefits bringing him to a record $720,000 a year. That figure excluded an additional bonus of $150,000. Crow is one of the top ten highest paid university presidents in the nation.
Regent and Democrat former Arizona U.S. Sen. Dennis DeConcini said, “He’s worth every dollar he gets paid because he delivers.”
Back in 2008 when Seeing Red AZ again exposed the high salaries ASU President and his wife Sybil Francis were hauling in, we printed a quote from Johnnie Ray, ASU’s Foundation’s president and CEO who explained that spouses of university presidents spend an enormous amount of time promoting the university’s interests, adding that Francis is present at many university events and helps cultivate potential donors. Calling Michael Crow’s wife a “senior adviser” he justified the $160,000 annual salary she was then receiving.
“There are some universities that choose to pay spouses of presidents as employees and some who do not,” Ray said at the time. “We are one who chooses to pay because we believe that service has a huge return on that investment.”
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.
We have a creative approach for cost containment: Defund Mrs. Crow (Sybil Francis) and give her hubby Michael a much needed salary adjustment. By the state university presidents’ own admissions, the schools are doing much better financially than they let on.
House Appropriations Chairman John Kavanagh (R-Dist.8), recently noted that Arizona’s three-university system has $595 million more in revenue now than it did before the economic downturn began and would you believe — even the Arizona Republic has outed them as deceptive –- reporting that the schools have “more money today than they did three years ago.”
This con on Arizona taxpayers and students has got to stop.