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Letter: Cut pay for top NIU job

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

While the State of Illinois is broke and unable to pay existing bills, the Daily Chronicle reported that the new head of Northern Illinois University is hired with an annual compensation package at more than $400,000. This is a hefty increase over the compensation awarded the previous head.

Had this job been posted to be filled at a $120,000 rate, there is a legion of highly educated, fully qualified unemployed Americans who would have jumped at the change to run a state university.

The state is prosecuting a couple of low-level people for misallocation of scrap funds, but the big scandal at NIU is the absolute waste of hundreds of thousands of dollars on executive compensation for one person.

The prime consideration of the hiring committee at NIU should be to advocate on behalf of the taxpayer. Cut bloated executive compensation at every department in every state university, and the state can save millions of dollars each year. 

If these public employees choose not to advocate on our behalf, then it will be time to de-socialize the public university system in Illinois.

John O’Halloran


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