Clarification for May 20 article “University professor awarded for work defending the First Amendment”

Posted by Editorial Board on Sunday, Jul. 8 at 12:41 pm.

On May 20, the Emerald ran the article “University professor awarded for work defending the First Amendment.”

In the article, we paraphrased UO Matters’ Bill Harbaugh saying “former University president Dave Frohnmayer was proposing pay cuts for faculty and Harbaugh found public records showing he had negotiated a big raise for himself with Chancellor Pernsteiner not long before.” Documents provided to the Emerald indicate that while Frohnmayer did get a raise, it was nine months before he asked the faculty to take cuts and months before a serious economic downturn.

Additionally, while he was asking staff to take paycuts, Frohnmayer himself took a 7.6 percent paycut, the largest of any administrator.

The Emerald doesn’t believe the paraphrasing of Harbaugh accurately represented the situation.

 

 

 



  • Info

    Angry letter from Frohnmayer I assume

  • http://twitter.com/uomatters UO Matters

    I’m a little puzzled by Frohnmayer’s math. If you pull the quarterly unclassified salary reports at ir.uoregon.edu you get this for him:

    February 2009: (before furlough scheme)

    $225,700 12 months FTE at 100% president
    $18,333 12 month FTE at 100% chair pay
    $20,000 12 month FTE at 100% expense account (taken as salary)
    $111,627 12 month FTE at 100% supplemental pay
    $69,300 12 month FTE at 100% recognition award/stipend

    May 2009: (after furlough scheme)

    $225,700 12 months FTE at 92% president
    $18,333 12 month FTE at 100% chair pay
    $20,000 12 month FTE at 100% expense account (taken as salary)
    $111,627 12 month FTE at 100% supplemental pay
    $69,300 12 month FTE at 100% recognition award/stipend

    So he took a furlough cut from $37,080 a month to $35,575, or about 4.2%. 

    Then by August 2009, he’d negotiated a retirement contract with Pernsteiner that included a raise to $245,700 as “President Emeritus”, instead of the $130,000 he was on the books for as a law professor. And he completely stopped taking the furlough cuts. 

  • http://twitter.com/uomatters UO Matters

    Following up on the math, this works out to about a 1% pay cut for Frohnmayer on an annual basis. 

    The golden parachute deal he was negotiating for himself with Pernsteiner – at the same time he was pushing furloughs for the faculty and OAs – basically doubled his salary over what he would have got had he retired under his existing faculty contract.