RPI official: Jackson asked for a pay cut

Shirley Jackson

Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson

So you know all those people who have been calling for RPI president Shirley Jackson to take a pay cut in light of the barrage of layoffs at the Institute? Guess who was among them.

Would you believe Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson?

As first reported by RPInsider, the school's vice president for student life -- Eddie Knowles -- told a gathering of students Wednesday night that Dr. Jackson had requested a pay cut from the board.

But get this: the board reportedly denied the request. AOA confirmed this account with Jason Gorss, a manager in RPI's media relations department, via email. He was unable to provide any additional details about the size of the proposed salary cut or why the board denied it.

Shirley Ann Jackson's yearly compensation from RPI totals $1.3 million. That ranks her among the highest paid university presidents in the country.

The headline of this item was changed Jan 24 to include attribution.

Comments

I'll be the first to say it...I call bull****.

She asks for a pay cut, yet still removes and replaces all the expensive new wood in the Founders Room in EMPAC. Bullsh*t seconded.

Maybe she offered too low a cut. Or the board wants her out.

She's earned it.

It takes the big bucks to spend the big bucks.

http://www.metropolismag.com/story/20090121/the-improbable-act

For the record, Shirley Jackson's $1.3 million in compensation is two raises ago. Her husband, Morris Washington, also works at RPI, and he was not laid off. The TU found that she makes about $1.3 from numerous board memberships. Add them up with a reasonable estimate for her recent raises, and you get a family income of about $3 million per year. Of course the Board refused her request for a salary reduction and they no doubt would have terminated her had she insisted. They would not want an impoverished person to be RPI's president.

Making less than $1.3 million doesn't make someone "impoverished". Making less than $3 million doesn't make someone "impoverished".

Making no money would, so the only people that would be impoverished would be all the people who got layed off, and and all the students paying $50000 a year just to go.

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