It’s another case of what wasn’t in the newspapers.
Not a peep about this was heard anywhere else.
The committee also disapproved the pay package of Interim Commissioner of Higher Education Tom Layzell. That was widely reported.
But what you didn’t read in the papers (save the Jim Beam piece in the Lake Charles American Press) or hear about on TV was what committee chairman Rep. Jim Fannin showed the rest of the committee. Namely, comparable salaries for higher education executive officers and the rate of growth in salary and perks for Louisiana’s Commissioner of Higher Education.
According to the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), the average salary for executive officers is about $218 thousand and the median salary is about $185 thousand. Sally Clausen’s base pay was $377 thousand.
See the chart here.
Fannin also presented a chart showing the growth in salary an perks for the higher ed commissioner. As late as 1990, when Sammie Cosper took over the job, his base pay was $104 thousand. Today the pay and benefits has quadrupled.
See the chart here.
Here’s some of the bitching and moaning from the state’s “official” media – those ‘journalists’ who have offices in the basement of the building that houses the people they’re supposed to cover.
The search for a new commissioner of higher education was thrown into turmoil today after a legislative committee rejected a proposed pay package for a retired educator who had been recruited to serve as interim commissioner until a permanent chief can be found.
Higher education in Louisiana took a major step backward Thursday when the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget refused to approve the compensation package for an interim commissioner of higher education and effectively rejected a talented and highly qualified national candidate.
Louisiana will face major problems hiring a new higher education commissioner after lawmakers rejected interim Commissioner Tom Layzell last week, the president of the Council for a Better Louisiana said Monday.
After being rejected by the Joint Budget Committee last week, the Board of Regents will meet Tuesday, Aug. 17, in emergency session to discuss what steps to take in finding a new commissioner of higher education.
The state’s new interim commissioner of higher education was rejected Thursday in a lopsided vote by the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget after just days on the job.
If you want to see another example of politics gone bad, guide your computer to www.legis.state.com and click on House. Then click on Video on Demand Archives, then click August 2010 to access Joint Budget.
When the video starts running, click and slide the little blue bubble at the bottom on the picture over to 2:14. After two hours and 14 minutes, the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget is primed for bear in the form of the Board of Regents, one of its favorite prey.
Council for a Better Louisiana
Here’s some things you need to know about CABL.
On the CABL Board of Directors is Ray Authement, former president of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL).
This explains a lot of why Erwin said what he did.
Walter Abbott is the publisher of Lincoln Parish News Online, where this article originally appeared.