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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Two dozen of the lowest-paid Kentucky State University workers got a wage increase because their college president gave up $90,000 of his own six-digit salary so others could earn a living wage. Raymond Burse, interim president of the school, will receive a reduced annual salary of $259,744 so the workers can get a pay bump to $10.25 an hour. "This is not a publicity stunt," Burse told the Lexington Herald-Leader. "You don't give up $90,000 for publicity. I did this for the people. This is something I've been thinking about from the very beginning."

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Perhaps the most important lesson taught on a college campus in a long time...

#1 | Posted by catdog at 2014-08-17 09:12 PM | Reply | Flag:

Damn commie.

#2 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2014-08-17 09:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

He is a good man.

#3 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-08-17 09:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

Raymond Burse FTW!

He's earned his place in the spotlight and possibly as it's full time President.

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2014-08-17 10:07 PM | Reply | Flag:

Mr. Harvey is also praise-worthy.

#5 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-08-17 11:55 PM | Reply | Flag:

Always like hearing something nice coming out of Kentucky.
Well done, Mr. Burse.

#6 | Posted by TheTom at 2014-08-18 02:26 AM | Reply | Flag:

"will receive a reduced annual salary of $259,744"

Doesn't anyone else question the size of his original salary in an age of rising tuition and student debt? I applaud his desire to help the losest paid workers but when you consider their pay compared with his it is rather disgusting, not just at this university but throughout our economy.

#7 | Posted by danni at 2014-08-18 08:09 AM | Reply | Flag:

Doesn't anyone else question the size of his original salary in an age of rising tuition and student debt? I applaud his desire to help the losest paid workers but when you consider their pay compared with his it is rather disgusting, not just at this university but throughout our economy.

Posted by danni at 2014-08-18 08:09 AM | Reply

Unadulterated greed run a mock. It's crazy. Not to mention the coaches saleries. WOW.

#8 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-08-18 08:12 AM | Reply | Flag:

He would have done a better job for the university to find 4 or 5 worthless positions to cut that they don't need anyway to find that money.

#9 | Posted by eberly at 2014-08-18 08:47 AM | Reply | Flag:

Danni and Larry, what are you two yapping about? 250k is the average median salary for College Presidents. People with responsibility must be paid accordingly. Mr. Burse needs to be applauded and does KSU for it's advancement in minority education.

#10 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-08-18 08:52 AM | Reply | Flag:

Danni and Larry, what are you two yapping about? 250k is the average median salary for College Presidents. People with responsibility must be paid accordingly. Mr. Burse needs to be applauded and does KSU for it's advancement in minority education.

Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-08-18 08:52 AM | Reply

It's ridiculous and partially the reason tuition is so sky high.

#11 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-08-18 09:39 AM | Reply | Flag:

Higher Ed is a bubble and it's going to pop in the near future. Tuition costs have been considerably out-pacing inflation for a couple of decades. It's unsustainable.

#12 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-08-18 09:52 AM | Reply | Flag:

Higher Ed is a bubble and it's going to pop in the near future. Tuition costs have been considerably out-pacing inflation for a couple of decades. It's unsustainable.

Posted by JeffJ at 2014-08-18 09:52 AM | Reply

From your lips to G-d's ears.

#13 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-08-18 09:53 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Danni and Larry, what are you two yapping about? 250k is the average median salary for College Presidents."

Sorry, I just don't agree. Paying ridiculous salaries like this is unnecessary and students paying tuition to support this will be taking out loans to pay for it.
A Major General with 40 years of service in the Army makes $164,868. These appointments as college presidents, all over the country, are plums handed out to cronies with ridiculous salaries.

#14 | Posted by danni at 2014-08-18 10:32 AM | Reply | Flag:

that salary is nothing compared to the 200+ professors who don't teach much at all and all draw $100K+ salaries.

it wouldn't be worth the whining and moaning, but this guy could cut all of those salaries $15% and not one of those folks would quit and it would free up way more money to pay workers more.

One benefit of this effort might be that some of the other highest paid folks there better STFU about whatever raise they don't get or whatever else that doesn't go their way.

#15 | Posted by eberly at 2014-08-18 10:37 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

#15 would you say the same about physicians?

#16 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-08-18 11:08 AM | Reply | Flag:

#16

yes

#17 | Posted by eberly at 2014-08-18 11:09 AM | Reply | Flag:

Eb; the salary looks high because we take so many years to train at such low pay rates. I would also say the there are many scientists, but only a few good ones. Competition to recruit and retain the best faculty is fierce.

#18 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-08-18 11:14 AM | Reply | Flag:

"that salary is nothing compared to the 200+ professors who don't teach much at all and all draw $100K+ salaries."

Eb, couldn't disagree more. For the most case, tenured profs have paid their dues to achieve a position of importance. In all sciences, the merit of a professor is what he publishes, not how many classes he gives. Research and development is the foundation for all scientific breakthroughs. Your solution of a 15% reduction in pay could push back scientific advancement 20 years.

#19 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-08-18 11:16 AM | Reply | Flag:

"#15 would you say the same about physicians?"

I would. We can't get the minimum wage raised to $10.10 per hour yet professionals are earning millions? I believe they should earn much more that minimum wage earners but the disparity has grown far too great.

#20 | Posted by danni at 2014-08-18 11:22 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Your solution of a 15% reduction in pay could push back scientific advancement 20 years."

how?

it's a suggestion more than a solution, to be honest.

#21 | Posted by eberly at 2014-08-18 11:23 AM | Reply | Flag:

These top researchers are free to the University. They bring in millions in grant money and a portion of that covers the cost to the institution. On top of that, their successes bring repute to the institution but also to the country. They also train the next generation of scientists. Without them the system breaks down. Let's not forget that their discoveries are also providing the data leading us to cure disease.

#22 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-08-18 01:18 PM | Reply | Flag:

a finely crafted PR stunt is all this is.He reached a point where the staff would leave due to abnormally low pay.They were being forced to bring these wages up to 10.10 anyway with the new minimum wage law

90k / 24 people=3750.00 or 1.85 an hour on a 2000 hour work year to bring it up to 10.10 while the average paid for the same position elsewhere was 24k/yr or 12.00 hr. so they were receiving close to 8.25 hr or a buck an hour over minimum and now with the July 1 increase to 8.10 and another dollar next year and the final legislated increase in the minimum wage to 10.10 July 1 2016 the college president doesn't look so generous.

#23 | Posted by Scotty at 2014-08-19 01:27 AM | Reply | Flag:

Every once in a while, a story gives one hope that all is not lost. This is one such story.

I think that the University should re-im (burse) him.

#24 | Posted by bsulli4207 at 2014-08-19 11:55 AM | Reply | Flag:

This is the kind of crap our young impressionable citizens learn in college. No Wal-Mart or Chevron chief exec would ever do that.

#25 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2014-08-19 06:08 PM | Reply | Flag:

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