UC Executives Should Get More Credit and Sympathy

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I don't understand all this rage over pay raises for UC executives. Instead of being like the folks at the town hall meetings screaming for blood, we should take a step back and listen to the excellent reasons why executives should be paid a wage they can live on.

Reason number one cited by the regents is that it is in line with market rates. Surely, if we don't try to match compensation at least to the levels offered by Stanford and other private schools, our talented executives would leave. In fact, this is the overriding principle by which our university stays competitive. For further proof, I refer everyone to the wages being paid to our janitorial and other service staff.

Secondly, not many of us are aware of the huge responsibilities our executives have to bear. Paraphrasing from a recent press release, many positions have been eliminated and the remaining personnel have had to take on extra duties. I don't know if you're aware of this, but there are so few executives that next time they eliminate a position, you might actually be affected.

So I say, let's sit tight and wait for the regents to lead us out of this storm. If they can't do it, I say it's time we hired someone more expensive.

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