Young will be a loss to Washington.
This is an opportunity for the University of Utah, and the Utah taxpayers who
pay for it, to make some long needed changes in their leadership.First- they need to offer the open jobs at greatly reduced salaries. The
inflated wages paid to the "academic elites" are absurd. Just because
the last person got paid excessively, or that a potential replacement is paid
more at their current job does not require that Utah taxpayers perpetuate the
cycle.Second- numerous studies show that higher education faculties
and leaders are overwhelmingly (90-95%) of the liberal (often socialist to
Marxist in my opinion) persuasion. This is a time to demand that the new
leaders reflect some of that "diversity" that the academic world
always endorses. That means they will undoubtedly support having a few more
conservatives, or people with actual real world business experience amongst
them.Third- the new leaders need to understand fully that as a state
entity, they work for the people and legislature of the State of Utah, and are
not some independent kingdom entitled to thumb their noses or endlessly litigate
laws passed by the legislature.That will improve the U's leadership
and future success.
D N Subscriber,Two of the leaders cited in the article are leaving
to serve LDS Church missions. Are you suggesting that they are liberal
marxists? I believe the U has done a terrific job of balancing out its
leadership team and it is a real stretch to call any of them real liberals and
especially marxists. Cecil Samuelson left that U leadership team to become
president of BYU.If the U is continue being the biggest economic
engine this State has in terms of economic development, medicine, research and
job creation through spinning off academic pursuits into new company start ups
the salaries paid have to be competitive with the market place. You believe in
the market place don't you? Then you should understand how it works.
To those who say Young's replacement deserves a high salary because he or she
must administer a billion dollar budget, I say then recruit a business executive
with that experience. An academic simply does not merit the kind of money the U
is spending on its leadership.
DN: First- they need to offer the open jobs at greatly reduced salaries. The inflated wages paid to the "academic elites" are absurd. What? to attract almost "adequate" leadership? with the
legislators demonizing higher education and cutting funding every year yes we
need to bargain hunt.Alan said: An academic simply does not merit
the kind of money the U is spending on its leadership.Yeah Alan,
they should spent the BIg Bucks on Coaches right, they make more than the
President at most schools, let Professional Groups pay for sports, NFL, NBA they
profit from college athletes, not society.