RPI's Jackson: "We try to be a good neighbor"

Thumbnail image for Shirley Jackson at EMPAC openingIn a meeting with the Troy Record's editorial board, Shirley Ann Jackson addressed many of the ongoing story lines that involve RPI and the city: the relationship with city officials, the old Proctor's theater, the new president's house, the proposed public safety fee and the alert siren. From the article by Troy Record Jess:

Jackson was adamant that she didn't understand why city officials in Troy seem to direct so much ire toward RPI and her personally.
"We try to be a good neighbor," said Jackson. "We want to be helpful."
She believes the media's portrayal of her is unfair, and she said she would rather focus on the positive aspects of current town-gown relations.

Dr. Jackson has been the head of RPI for a decade. The RPI Board of Trustees recently "invited" her back for another 10 years.

She topped the pay chart for private college presidents in the 2007-2008 school year at almost $1.6 million, according to the Chronicle of Higher Ed (the school said last year she'd be donating five percent of her salary to a scholarship fund). A recent Bloomberg piece figured that she earned about $1.4 million serving on corporate boards last year.

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+ RPI building a new president's residence
+ RPI's Jackson tops compensation chart

Comments

How pathetic.
Good neighbors don't lay off a hundred of employees at Christmas time.

That a university president should be paid like a Fortune 500 CEO seems indicative of private secondary education losing the balance between its conflicting for-profit and altruistic goals. Undergrad tuition is just under $40K at RPI - $160K for an undergrad degree in just tuition.

RPI is rich, and a private concern. Troy is poor, and a public concern. Unalike in every way but Zip code.

It's natural that Troy will angle for RPI money, and sometimes it works, and that's cool. But I've seen no reasonable (or unreasonable) calculation that the City is exploited by the school -- considering everything, or even just the obvious things.

That's probably because Troy isn't being exploited by RPI, but will take any guilt money it can get. Classy. Tired. Obvious. Dull.

LQ

Good neighbors don't knock down perfectly lovely houses, even if they need to entertain large groups (or groups of dogs, as it happens to be in Saratoga). Sell it and move somewhere else! Horribly vain, wasteful, and un-neighborly.

I just wanted to mention that in the article the house knocked down was said to have been dilapidated.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

--Theodore Roosevelt, The Man in the Arena

Maybe, just maybe, Shirley Ann Jackson is that man.

So, she went to the media to complain about how the media's portrayal of her was unfair? That makes perfect sense.

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