AZ University presidents get massive salary increases, tribes get free tuition

The Arizona Board of Regents appears to go to great lengths to keep the public informed, but don’t be conned by a multitude of “pursuants.”  The key words are, “the board will call the meeting to order and immediately convene in executive session.” That translates to “cloak of darkness.”

According to a lengthy report in the local newspaper, Arizona’s university presidents at ASU, UA and NAU all will get steep pay increases granted by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR), who unanimously approved the salary increases and contract extensions based on their annual performance reviews. The report states, “Regents raised no questions or comments prior to their vote.” The term of a regent is eight years, twice as long as the governor who appointments them.

Arizona State University President Michael Crow’s base salary (excluding numerous perks and bonuses) is now $809,846, up 5% from $771,282 a year ago. University of Arizona President Robert Robbins will receive $792,241 in base salary, Northern Arizona University President Jose Luis Cruz Rivera will get a base salary of $576,800, up a hefty 12% from when he assumed the position just six months ago. Crow, who was appointed in 2002, is among the nation’s highest paid public university presidents. Arizona’s governor, who runs the entire state, is paid $95,000 — minus all of the perks paid to the university presidents. Governors are limited to two consecutive four-year terms in office.

In addition to their salaries, the university presidents also receive housing and vehicle allowances, numerous benefits, retirement contributions and the opportunity for hefty bonuses each year based on “achieving various goals for their universities.” All of their contracts were extended.

Regents “approved payouts for achieving some of those goals and set new goals for each of the presidents and the university system over the next year and next several years,” ensuring the money stream keeps flowing.

ABOR members previously discussed the contracts in closed-door executive session “because they are employment and salary issues.” The public, whose taxes fund these excessive salaries, and cash strapped students, often working multiple part-time jobs to make ends meet, as their tuition and fees rise yearly, are unable to be privy to the details of those conversations.

The latest absurdity comes in the form of NAU’s announcement that it will begin providing free tuition for members of any of Arizona’s 22 federally recognized tribes. The University of Arizona already has such a program in place as does Arizona State University. Guess whose tuition will be raised to cover this extremist separatism?


7 Responses to AZ University presidents get massive salary increases, tribes get free tuition

  1. Frankly Speaking says:

    There are other options for getting an education other than paying the exorbitant fees and salaries at Arizona’s leftwing universities. Community colleges are numerous and provide a much more affordable choice for the first two years. I’ve read some are expanding to four-year schools.

  2. Anthem Al says:

    Educrats are overwhelmingly leftists. They propagandize more than they “teach.” That’s why socialist Bernie Sanders was a favorite of the youth vote when he ran for US President. They have no concept of history since they’ve intentionally been dumbed down. Socialism sounds good to them.

    • Jack says:

      Separating Americans by ethnicity is insulting. There is no rational reason to give some benefits others can’t receive, based on their historical backgrounds. My uneducated ancestors died of starvation in Ireland during the mold-caused potato famine. Those who survived immigrated to the United States, struggled, worked hard at menial jobs and ultimately their descendants became educated and successful. We were more fortunate than other turn of the century immigrants since they spoke English (though with a thick brogue). Italians, Poles and Russian immigrants had similar stories, of becoming successful after arriving with nothing. Native American tribes had no written languages, lived in tents, hunted with bows and arrows on horseback and did relatively little to use the vast resources they had long before the Mayflower arrived. During the same period in Europe, classic architecture and art flourished and Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press revolutionized life.

  3. jerry mcguire says:

    It is past time to lower the cost of higher “Education” (propaganda). Perhaps some Legislative action needs to be taken. These salaries are way too high – remember: the rule of thumb is that ‘normal’ perks equals about 1/4 of base salary, but the perks these folks get is not ‘normal’……….thus, the cost for legal citizens who are not ‘illegals/minorities’ is moving a LOT of money around – and for what??

  4. Jana says:

    Today is Slo Joe’s 80th birthday. Wouldn’t be surprised if Jill bought him a case of Depends and some air refresher spray.

  5. jojo says:

    Universities are merely slush funds for politicians of BOTH parties. McCain comes to mind.

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