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.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

A quick recap of the week

Here are a few highlights from the past short week on AOA: + M. asked about finding a progressive, friendly, diverse church in Albany. +... (more)

The warmest winter day

This all sounds familiar... The high temperature Friday hit 74 degrees at Albany International Airport. That is not just a new record for highest temp... (more)

Wallpaper and power

The Schuyler Mansion recently completed the reproduction and reinstallation 18th century wallpaper -- "Ruins of Rome" -- and the historic site's blog shares the details... (more)

Nice, but...

Over at The Atlantic, Robinson Meyer asks a timely modern ethical question: Is It Okay to Enjoy the Warm Winters of Climate Change? The question... (more)

Siena Hip-Hop Week 2017

The annual Hip-Hop Week returns to Siena March 20-25 with a series of events focused on the art, politics, and culture of hip hop. The... (more)

Recent Comments

If you've never checked out a Friends meeting (Quakers), I recommend giving it a go. I'm Jewish, but have been sporadically attending Friends meetings for several years. We sit in silence. There's no pastor. The idea is that G-d is within all of us, and if someone's truly and deeply compelled to speak, they share their message. Sometimes it's a full hour of silence and then at the end of the meeting we share joys and sorrows and community updates and you realize that the people sitting silently beside you are some of the most engaged, empathetic, and fair-minded activists around.

Fair Share 4 Albany

...has 2 comments, most recently from Greg

Stuff to do this weekend

...has 2 comments, most recently from Greg

The untaxed city within the city

...has 39 comments, most recently from BS

How we all ended up talking about a gondola between downtown Albany and the train station

...has 19 comments, most recently from -B

Progressive, warm, vibrant Jewish congregations?

...has 2 comments, most recently from llcwine