OU tuition rises, and so does president's pay

Student-government leaders angered about Ohio University President Roderick McDavis receiving 8% raise, bonus
MCT Regional News
Aug 31, 2014

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.”

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

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Comments

Signal01

If he was a basketball player getting 25 million to play a game, it wouldn't bother anyone. Seems that anyone who leads a company must be held to another standard.

pntbutterandjelly

@ Signal01,
With your analogy the fans have the option of choosing to pay or not. In this case this guy, and his cronies, just take what they want. It smacks of corporate entitlement, graft and cronyism of which it is. The students (and their parents) have every right to be angry.
Universities and colleges have gotten away with over-charging beyond the inflation rate, and their "value" for decades. That accumulates and is compounded as the years go past and helps put education beyond additional student's capability to pay.
Beware...the youth of our country are watching as the poachers take their unjust dues. I say, "Bravo" for their dissent.

Really are you ...

In the last two years a three percent, a six percent, and now an eight percent raise. A seventeen percent total increase in pay, because of his involvement in the increase of student enrollment. If I remember correctly, the increase in higher education was a push by Obama to get high school graduates and dislocated workers to further their education. To get out of this economic slump, because when these people graduated from these higher learning institutions they would be able to fill higher wage job/ careers. If not fill higher wage earning job/ careers, innovate and create technical jobs for The United States. The only thing it is really doing is putting people who can not afford the price of higher education into debt. The ones who just graduated and go to college created years of debt before they can buy a house or new car. Who is to say these young people will even find a job in the field they are pursuing? This man, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis, is reaping the rewards of being in the right place at the right time. That is it.

KURTje

"The law in its majestic equality forbids the rich as well as the poor to steal, beg for food & sleep under bridges." Voltaire.