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Monday, November 14, 2005

News Round-up

I apologize for not posting over the weekend. I have my thesis proposal due this week, so I was trying to make sure I was all set for that.

In the meantime, the Chronicle just released its annual numbers for executive compensation, and some of the numbers are pretty massive. Of course, Ladner's name comes up both times as an example of how things can go horribly wrong.

From the Chronicle of Higher Education:
Main index of articles on compensation (picture of Ladner on the main page... what a suprise).
The Federal Lens Focuses on College Chiefs' Pay
A possible cause of such episodes, he says, is that many college presidents spend a lot of time with wealthy board members and donors — American University's board, for example, has included several senior executives of Fortune 500 companies — and can forget that a president who adopts the lifestyle of a corporate executive is unlikely to be accepted by faculty members, students, or the news media.

"In moving in these glitzy circles, you begin to believe that you're part of that scene," Mr. Ingram says. "It becomes, psychologically, a sense of entitlement." Even so, he adds, cases of lavish presidential expenses are rare.

For a summary, the New York times picked up the story:
New York Times: College Leaders' Earnings Top $1 Million

It's also Monday, which means The Eagle!

Students Express Frustration in Town Hall Meeting with Board Members
Monica Price, a graduate student in the School of International Service and a member of the activist group Students for a New AU, read a statement in which she blasted the board. "It is your actions and inactions that have brought us here," she said. "You were in the driver's seat, not us."

SG Senate supports ex-board members' frustrations
The Undergraduate Senate passed a resolution yesterday supporting the four former members of the board of trustees who have resigned in recent months, in addition to a bill calling on the board to amend its bylaws in accordance with the recommendations by the Ad-Hoc University-Wide Committee on Reformation of University Governance.

Staff Editorial: Board of Trustees: close, but no cigar

The board met last Thursday in an open forum with students and faculty. The aim was to make the transition process more transparent, but it was apparent that wounds still run deep over the departure of former president Benjamin Ladner.

Board of Trustees Strives for Transparency
The topic of a student serving on the board was mentioned several times during the meeting, Abramson said. "We have heard loud and clear about student member or members on the board" said Abramson, adding that board members are "keeping an open mind on this and no one has made a clear decision either way yet."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

wtf??? The Eagle is saying that it's "immature to keep complaining" about the Ladner debacle??? On the contrary, it is NECESSARY to maintain a presence until this BOT meets our demands.

1:45 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, The Eagle has become inconsequential in recent years....

9:32 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Luckily, it seems the U.S. Senate is equally "immature."

10:07 AM


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