April 1, 2016
Academic Upper Class Privileges, Funded By Taxpayers
Like almost all other Massachusetts public university and college leaders, Keith Motley is entitled to a housing allowance or house, a car, and free tuition for himself and his family members, and can cash in all of his unused vacation days and 20 percent of any unused sick days on retirement.
If the University of Massachusetts Boston chancellor leaves his job, he’d still be eligible for a one-year sabbatical at his full annual salary of $355,059. Then he’s guaranteed a position on the faculty, if he wants one, at a minimum of $280,000 a year. If Motley were to be fired without cause? The university would have to pay him up to one year’s wages.
"That sounds absolutely ridiculous," said Daniel Baxter, a sophomore from Somerville majoring in information technology at UMass. "For doing nothing for a year? That’s insane in any industry."
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These benefits are common on American campuses. More than 60 percent of presidents at public and private colleges get all or part of their housing provided, for example, and 75 percent get cars or car allowances, according to the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. In Massachusetts, almost all of them get both.
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But the idea that good candidates won’t apply for college presidencies without generous incentives is hard to prove, said Saranna Thornton, a labor economist at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia.
By Jon Marcus
The New England Center for Investigative Reporting
Posted Mar. 31, 2016 at 12:00 am
Updated at 10:42 AM