Jacob September. Original letter: February 7, 2014.
I can’t help but notice the stark contrast between the athletic director’s comparably paltry pay raise and the pay raise of top University administrators. The current provost, David Rosowsky, is receiving $105,000 more per year than the previous provost — and also gets a $75,000 annual research budget!
At current list prices, this $180,000 alone is enough for more than three Green and Gold Scholarships (a full four years of free education for Vermont residents) or nearly four Presidential Scholarships (four-year grants totaling $48,000 each to out-of-state students) per year.
In the past 10 years, according to an analysis by the faculty union at UVM, the average administration salary has more than doubled while the number of administration positions has increased by time-and-a-half. This growth outpaces the increase in students, at 40 percent, and leaves the increase in full-time faculty, at 10 percent, in the dust.
I came to this university to be taught, not to be administered. The purpose of a college education is to learn. To learn, we need professors, not paper-pushers. It’s time to even out the imbalance between administration and faculty pay and show that UVM cares about its students’ educations.
Jacob September is a UVM freshman.