Does Shirley Jackson have too many jobs?

Thumbnail image for Shirley Jackson at EMPAC openingRPI president Shirley Ann Jackson is mentioned prominently in a Bloomberg piece today about college presidents "struggling to reconcile the demands and values of academia with shareholder skepticism about their boardroom commitments."

From the article by Janet Lorin:

Jackson of RPI, in Troy, New York, sits on five corporate boards, more than most college presidents, after stepping down from a sixth in April. She traveled to Milwaukee and Houston to attend shareholder meetings for International Business Machines Corp. and Marathon Oil on two successive April days.
Shareholders at IBM, Marathon Oil, FedEx Corp. and NYSE Euronext filed proxy statements this year or in 2009 questioning Jackson's ability to juggle jobs.
"Nobody should be sitting on that many boards," said Emil Rossi, the trustee for shares who filed a proxy statement with his son to protest Jackson's board nomination at Armonk, New York-based IBM, the world's largest computer-services provider. Of 14 candidates, Jackson placed 11th in the voting and retained her seat. While getting the fewest votes for election at Public Service Enterprise Group Inc., a Newark, New Jersey-based utility, she also held her board post there.

There's more in the article, including comments from an RPI spokesman, a faculty member and reps from a few of the corporations.

Based on proxy statement data, Lorin figures Dr. Jackson earned almost $1.4 million in compensation from her work on corporate boards last year. The Chronicle of Higher Ed reported that Dr. Jackson topped the pay chart for private college presidents in the 2007-2008 school year, at almost $1.6 million.

Serving on all those boards and leading RPI does seem like it would be a lot for most people. But it's probably fair to say that Dr. Jackson is not "most people" -- she's a particle physicist, headed up a regulatory agency, heads up a major research university, is a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (that would appear to be her sitting next to Barack Obama) and, among many accolades, has been called a "national treasure." That said, everyone has their limits.

Earlier this month, RPI's board of trustees "invited" Dr. Jackson to serve as president for another 10 years -- and she accepted.

[via RPInsider and Jeff S]

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 week on AOA: + AOA7 drawing: New World Bistro Bar + The Spectrum: What's a highlight of... (more)

Meeting about food trucks in Albany

The city of Albany has a public meeting about food trucks lined up for this coming Monday (March 30) at 5 pm at city hall.... (more)

Photos from AOA7

We had a lot of fun celebrating AOA7 Wednesday evening. Thanks to the Takk House for being such great hosts, New World Catering for the... (more)

Stuff to do this weekend

Oh, weekend -- we were afraid you'd never arrive. But it's Friday, and like clockwork, here you are. After the jump, we have some plans... (more)

Morning Blend

On the second day of testimony in the Albany County Family Court case over whether Brenda VanAlstyne should be allowed to have custody of Kenneth... (more)

Recent Comments

The way the light hits the State Ed. building in the evening. It shines just through Alfred E. Smith, the LOB, and the Capitol and catches the corner columns in this orange glow. I don't know why, but I just find it stunning.

AOA7 drawing: Fort Orange General Store, The Cheese Traveler, Saratoga Sweets Candy Co.

...has 139 comments, most recently from melissa m

Photos from AOA7

...has 3 comments, most recently from xina

Stuff to do this weekend

...has 2 comments, most recently from Audrey

Chicken parm at D'Raymonds

...has 8 comments, most recently from Lisa

A good spot to get General Tso's Chicken?

...has 34 comments, most recently from MK