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Reorganization brings big raises for UVM execs—Burlington Free Press—07/12/2013



Tim Johnson, Free Press staff. Original article: July 12, 2013.

A reorganization of executive leadership at the University of Vermont has been completed, with substantial raises for several top administrators who now have new titles and responsibilities.

“It is my hope and expectation that this reorganization will help to foster increased agility, creativity, effectiveness, and accountability,” UVM President Tom Sullivan wrote in a note to executive staff last week, directing their attention to a new organizational chart.

The leaders with added duties include:

• Wanda Heading-Grant, promoted from chief diversity officer to vice president for human resources, diversity and multicultural affairs. Her new annual salary is $205,000, an increase of 18 percent over last year.

• Mara Saule, dean of university libraries and learning resources, who will continue in that role and also assume the position of chief information officer, replacing David Todd, who retired at an annual salary of $212,079. Her new salary is $209,045, an increase of 17 percent.

• Annie Stevens, formerly associate vice president for student and campus life. Her new title is vice provost for student affairs, and her salary is $190,000, up 26 percent.

Stevens previously reported to Tom Gustafson when he was vice president for campus and student life. His role also has changed. Last year, his duties grew to include vice president for university relations, with a salary bump of 19 percent. His title under the latest reorganization is vice president for university relations and administration, which will include responsibilities for capital planning, risk management and police services, among other functions. His salary is $220,412, an increase of 2.9 percent from last year.

Still unfilled under the reorganization is a new position for presidential chief of staff.

The position of vice president for research and dean of the graduate college, held by Domenico Grasso (annual salary: $256,752), will be vacant Aug. 15 after Grasso leaves for the University of Delaware. Filling in for Grasso will be John Evans as interim vice president of research, and Cynthia Forehand as interim dean of the graduate college. Evans, a former medical dean, has served as senior advisor to the president and president of the Vermont Technology Council, among other administrative duties; his annual salary is $302,491, same as last year. Forehand had served as associate dean of the graduate college; her new annual pay rate is $170,000 (up from $149,649), of which she will receive a prorated nine-month share of $127,500.

“Although there are costs associated with implementing this reorganization plan, we have been able to use unspent salary savings to make the adjustments without any increase in the budget,” Sullivan said in a written statement. “I believe it is essential that we continue to make targeted strategic investments that will secure UVM’s position as a preeminent university that offers an outstanding, comprehensive student experience at reasonable and affordable costs.”

In June, UVM trustees approved a $303.2 million general fund expenditure budget for the fiscal year that began July 1, an annual increase of 1.8 percent.

“We must continue to invest in increasing quality, value and excellence at the University of Vermont,” Sullivan said in his statement. “I believe our continued success depends largely upon the quality of the people we hire, retain and promote in a highly competitive marketplace. This reorganization plan promotes three highly qualified women who are longstanding university employees with a salary increase for their additional work responsibilities.”

Two recent outside hires include David Provost V. Rosowsky, who will begin work Aug. 1 at a salary of $375,000; and Luis Garcia, dean of engineering and mathematical sciences, who starts Aug. 15 at a salary of $267,000.

Both emerged from national searches coordinated by Isaacson Miller, a consulting firm that charges one-third of the first-year salary as a fee, plus expenses. The total expense of Rosowsky’s search was $185,399.89; of Garcia’s, $155,473.46.

Salaries for administrators at UVM rose an average of 2.9 percent in the fiscal year that began July 1. That’s the same rate as the maximum provided to full-time faculty members for 2013-14, the last year of the current collective bargaining agreement.

Sullivan received an increase of 2.9 percent. His new annual pay rate is $429,093, up $12,093 from his starting salary of $417,000. According to university spokesman Enrique Corredera, Sullivan “decided to donate all of the salary increase to UVM scholarship funds, reflecting his commitment to his top priority that calls for improving financial affordability for students.”

Under UVM’s administrative pay schedule for Fiscal Year 2014, at least 11 administrators are in the $200,000-$300,000 bracket, including Garcia. Three are in the $300,000-$400,000 bracket, including Rosowsky.

The top earners are Sullivan and Frederic Morin, dean of the College of Medicine, whose current salary is $532,680.

According to UVM’s policy on executive pay, accepted by trustees last year, UVM administrators have to get special permission to offer a salary more than 10 percent above the national median to new hires in upper-tier positions. The median salary for each position comes from a national survey conducted annually by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

At the UVM Foundation, a separate fundraising entity with operating expenses subsidized by the university, three executives make more than $200,000. Topmost is Richard Bundy, CEO and president, at $275,000.


Amboy Walker
absolutely disgusting. i am an alum and a 36-year employee. everyone i know in this spectrum is shaking their heads about this ridiculous scam. these are self-congratulatory, self-important and ludicrous people feathering their own nests because they can. i would’ve hoped after the fogel debacle that uvm would’ve righted the ship. it’s just business as usual, of course. greed always wins out. so thanks for the paltry “raise” for the rest of us (nullified as usual by cost hikes in benefits). rest assured that the transparency of your “reorganzation” is the laughingstock of vermont and beyond.

Lisa Evans

Meanwhile, as an alum, I keep receiving e-mails and fancy mailings from UVM asking for money.

My spare cash will continue to go to my High School Alma Mater, The White Mountain School, not The University of VT.

Jeff Laughlin
what a joke, they should be taking pay cuts not raises

Dan Lynch
Don’t they have a deficit these days? They’ve been cutting staff, like facilities cleaners, and research labs now have to take out their own trash. I suppose that’s not a big deal, but it’s symbolic: Give the resources to the execs and cuts for all the peasants.