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Indiana University, Ball State presidents get big raises

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Two Indiana college presidents will see their bottom lines improve this fall as their universities boost their annual salaries by more than 10 percent.

The Herald-Times of Bloomington said Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie will receive a 12-percent pay increase for the 2011-2012 academic year. That will bring his salary to more than $533,000.

The Star Press in Muncie said Ball State University trustees have approved a 10-percent increase for President Jo Ann Gora. The $39,204 pay hike will bring her base salary to about $431,000.

IU spokesman Mark Land says McRobbie's current pay rate puts him in the middle of the Big Ten.

Gora's raise is about four times the increase budgeted for other staff. Trustees President Hollis Hughes said her performance in tough economic times warrants the raise.

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  • Weath heeped on wealth
    These greedy administrators remind me of a quote: "wealth heaped on wealth, no truth nor safety buys; the dangers gather as the treasures rise."

    If this type of greed continues, the people will speak out. The people will fight back. The people will take back their universities. The people will be heard.

    I call for Mitch Daniels to step in and put a stop to this greed. Tell McRobbie and the Ball State president "No!" Not now! I don't care if McRobbie's salary only puts him into a mid-range bracket with other Big Ten Universities. I want a raise too, damnit!
  • UGH
    This is an absolute outrage - these board members and presidents should be ashamed of themselves. I am a student at one of these universities, but even if it wasn't, I'd still be calling BS on this. I am SO glad to know that my professors work so hard, all so that these people can have their luxury cars and their big houses. I am SO GLAD to know that my tuition will keep increasing in order to put money in their pockets while I myself can barely afford to put gas in my car and food in my refrigerator. Honestly, this DISGUSTS me.
  • Revenue Problem or Spending Problem?
    Not only will they continue to raise tuition, but they will be back in the Statehouse in January lobbying for more of your tax dollars. Why do they have to raise tuition? They will blame the general assembly, and tell you to ignore their fat paychecks. Vi Simpson of course, will let them (http://www.ibj.com/colleges-hike-tuition-as-state-reduces-funding/PARAMS/article/27571). This big bureaucratic garbage is exactly what Mitch has spent his term trying to fight, only to be slandered as anti-education. It is becoming more and more clear that Mitch is the one for education, and Vi and her neighbor McRobbie are the ones destroying public education.
  • Frederick W. Taylor
    Taylor, deemed the "Dean of Scientific Business Management" once wrote, "Prosperity for the employer cannot exist through the LONG TERM unless it is accompanied by prosperity for the employee and vice versa." Online universities are the answer.
  • What a Joke!
    I get a 1.5% merit raise at my job...IU and Ball State raise tuition rates by 4-5.5% because they cannot operate under the state's 3.5% recommendation for increases...but university presidents get a 10-12% pay increase. Where is the justice! Higher education in Indiana is a Big Fat Joke! This needs to be further investigated by the media and the state board of education.
  • Staff
    Yet the IU staff was very lucky to get a 1.5 % cost of living increase?
  • Irony
    The irony of the story is...wait for it...BSU just had a tuition hike. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education should be ashamed. How do you people sleep at night?

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