If year after year there are no extra funds to improve salaries for faculty and staff, and if we need to push more and more costs onto parents and students, what is the explanation and justification for huge salaries for these presidents and the Chancellor? In May, a month after the Board of Regents raised tuition between 2.5 percent and 9 percent, they approved generous pay increases for college leaders. Two state college presidents received raises that pushed their total compensation over $1 million a year/ One university president alone has been given a salary increase (yes, on top of his existing generous salary) this coming year that is $100,000 larger than the salary of President Barack Obama.
Are our students alright with this? Are their parents who are struggling to help them pay for college satisfied with this? (I know because I have been there.) Do taxpayers of Georgia believe the teachers and staff (those who actually interact with the students) don’t need to be fairly rewarded so long as the top administrators are lavishly compensated?
Frankly, I think Georgians should also be outraged. Tuition costs have risen steadily, year by year, increasing the burden of debt on our students and their families. However, I want the students and taxpayers to know their costs are not climbing due to salary growth of the faculty and staff of these institutions of higher education.
Will the students of Georgia have access to a quality of education that prepares them for global competition? Georgia is at a crossroad: will we treat higher education like a Wall Street hedge fund and teachers and staff like interchangeable cogs in a machine; or will we fairly distribute the costs and benefits of education so that everyone is treated with fairness and dignity?