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OU tuition rises, and so does president's pay

TNS Regional News • Aug 31, 2014 at 8:07 PM

The money train keeps rolling for Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis.

The board of trustees for the public university in Athens voted today to raise McDavis’ base pay to $465,000 a year, about an 8 percent increase. The board also voted unanimously to give McDavis an $85,000 bonus.

The board most recently raised McDavis’ salary about 3 percent last August, which was in addition to a $62,250 bonus. He received a 6 percent raise the year before that, according to news reports.

The move came as the board announced an increase in enrollment of about 1 percent, to an overall student population of about 39,000.

In a statement, board members said increasing enrollment was part of the reason that McDavis had earned the higher salary.

“The Ohio University Board of Trustees unanimously agreed that President McDavis’ performance for 2013-14 was very strong,” university spokeswoman Stephanie Filson wrote. “Among the many areas of progress highlighted at the August 2014 Ohio Board of Trustees meeting were the Ohio Guarantee model development; the attainment of Ohio’s $450 million charitable-campaign goal 14 months early; the administration of the largest capital-improvement plan in Ohio University’s history; and the attainment of record enrollment numbers for the incoming freshman class of 2014-15 and overall.”

Filson also wrote that with 10 years of service, McDavis is the longest-serving president of a public institution in the Inter-University Council of Ohio, and his salary is comparable to that of many other university presidents with less experience.

The raise angered some student-government leaders, however, especially on the heels of a recent 1.5 tuition increase approved by the trustees this year.

“This is what we have been fighting for years, and this is what students elected us to fight,” Megan Marzec, Student Senate president, told The Post, Ohio University’s independent student newspaper, after the trustees’ decision.

“It is clear to anyone that taking money from indebted students to give outrageous bonuses to millionaires is unjust.”


By Josh Jarman - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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