Tone Deaf, Myopic (and Self-Serving) Leadership

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Writing for the Hartford Courant, Jacqueline Rabe Thomas reports “In Tough Times, UConn Hands Out Raises to Top Staff”:

“In a fiscally challenging year in which few non-union managers received pay increases—at UConn or elsewhere in state government—President Susan Herbst is sticking by promises she made in 2013 and 2014 to give multiyear increases to four senior staff.

“The university considers the raises contractual commitments.

“In December 2014—one month after the governor cut state funding for UConn by $3.7 million and warned more cuts would come before the fiscal year ended—Herbst gave three of her most senior staff members hefty pay increases over two or three fiscal years.

“Those increases went to the university’s general counsel, chief architect and Herbst’s deputy chief of staff. In 2013, she awarded her chief of staff increases and bonuses over the next three fiscal years.

“Separately, Herbst and athletic department staff also received large…

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