Crow called “a bargain” at $900,000 a year
When it wants to push its leftist perspective, the Arizona Republic is a marvel of inconsistencies. Look no further than the convoluted meanderings of Monday’s editorial as it attempts to justify the outrageous salary increase for Arizona State University president Michael Crow. The heist is headlined, “It’s vision, not money, that motivates Crow.”
In this still troubled economy with many remaining behind the eight ball financially, the state Board of Regents awarded Crow a $95,000 raise and we are told we got a bargain in the process.
Betch’a didn’t know that Crow is a “gale force of big ideas, who swept into this intellectual desert” when he arrived in 2002.
He is also extolled for “throwing open the doors to a surge of low-income and minority students…” Back in 2007, when Crow began promoting scholarship funding and in-state tuition for illegal alien students the open-border newspaper called Crow’s efforts to subvert the voter approved Prop. 300 “courageous.” Crow referred to the hundreds of foreign national students here illegally as “special-class international students.”
This previous post “Michael Crow, Sybil Francis: A$U’s pricey duo,” fills in the dollar amounts in salary, bonuses, pensions, retirement and “step up bonuses,” car and housing allowances that Crow and his wife Sybil Francis were previously raking in. Updated, enumerated numbers are not readily found, although this year alone he receives a $40,000 incentive and up to $180,000 in 2015 for “meeting goals.”
It’s difficult to pick a winning line in the blatherous editorial, but the words, “money doesn’t motivate him” which he proves by staying on here in Arizona, where this superhuman “visionary” is “underpaid,” float to the top.
“It’s no secret that a lot of major institutions would like to steal him away from us,” Regents Chairman Mark Killian said. “We think he’s doing a wonderful job, and we’d like him to stay around.”
Regent Greg Patterson “gushingly” heaped further praise, actually calling Crow “transformative.“
That electric definition alone could power up Sybil Francis and Michael Crow’s $million+ nest in swanky Paradise Valley.
The swooning regents duo sound suspiciously like former U.S. Senator Dennis DeConcini, then a regent in 2007. “He’s worth every dollar he gets paid because he delivers,” DeConcini said.
As Crow and Francis live large, citizen students feel the sting as tuition and fee hikes continue to rattle Arizona families. And the question remains, if Crow isn’t motivated by money, why do the regents continually throw more of it at his well-shod feet?