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Exodus of senior leaders at University of Utah not a problem, campus officials say

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  • Chickenchaser Centralia, WA
    April 28, 2011 8:09 a.m.

    Young will be a loss to Washington.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 28, 2011 9:35 a.m.

    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.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    April 28, 2011 10:05 a.m.

    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.

  • AlanSutton Salt Lake City, UT
    April 28, 2011 12:00 p.m.

    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.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    April 28, 2011 12:57 p.m.

    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.