UGA president gets pay boost

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 ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia President Michael Adams will get a $50,000 pay raise next year - as part of a lease agreement between the University System Board of Regents and the UGA Athletic Association.

The athletic association, which will pay for the boost in the UGA president's compensation, approved the new lease agreement Tuesday in a brief executive committee meeting by teleconference.

The association is the nonprofit company that runs the football program and other UGA teams that compete in NCAA sports. Adams is chairman of the association's board and the executive committee but sat out Tuesday's meeting.

Under the lease agreement, the athletic association can continue using Sanford Stadium, Stegeman Coliseum and other athletic facilities on the UGA campus, which are all owned by the state.

In exchange, the association is required to support the university in certain ways, such as helping to pay expenses for the Redcoat Band, helping pay for Adams' fundraising expenses and paying for insurance, upkeep and repairs to athletic facilities - and now, helping to pay Adams' deferred compensation.

At a meeting last week, the regents voted to boost Adams' deferred compensation by $50,000 to $200,000 a year, giving him total compensation next year of $660,318, regents spokesman John Millsaps said.

But the regents also decided not to use tax or tuition money to fund Adams' raise, he said. Instead, they turned to the athletic association for the money as part of a new lease agreement, inserting the new requirement as an amendment to the association's lease agreement.

At the same time, the regents deleted a requirement that the athletic association contribute to the UGA One Diversity Scholarship program, which will be taken over by another university-affiliated foundation.

The unusual financial arrangement on Adams' salary actually stems from a blowup seven years ago between Adams and the UGA Foundation, whose members tried to oust Adams after he refused to renew then-athletic director Vince Dooley's contract.

At the time, the foundation actually was paying more than half of Adams' compensation, just as similar foundations paid big chunks of presidential salaries at Georgia State University, Georgia Tech and other schools.

After the dustup, the regents adopted a policy which allowed the foundations to continue paying part of presidents' salaries. But instead of paying the president directly, the foundations turned the money over to the university system, so only the state was writing paychecks.

The UGA Foundation quit paying for salary supplements, and the Arch Foundation, formed to take the place of the older foundation, didn't have the resources to contribute to presidential pay.

Since then, all of Adams' compensation has come from state funds, Millsaps said.

Though most state employees have had their salaries frozen for the past three years, the regents decided Adams deserved a raise because he is president at the state's flagship university, because he is the most senior president among the state's four public research universities and because they wanted to give Adams an incentive to stay as UGA fundraisers prepare to kick off a $1 billion campaign.

Chancellor Erroll Davis also supports the raise, he said.

Adams got outstanding marks in a recent outside review of his presidency, focusing on what Adams has achieved in the past five years and how he achieved those things.

"Even among those who differed on the way things were done, everyone agreed substantial progress has been made, and this president was the person to lead the institution to the next higher level," Davis said. "The board wanted to send a signal that it wanted President Adams to remain and hang in there."

The regents also saw that the recently hired presidents of Georgia State University, Georgia Tech and the Georgia Health Sciences University were making nearly as much or more than Adams, even though Adams has been serving much longer, Davis said.

UGA spokesman Tom Jackson said Adams and the university would have no official comment, saying the raise was a decision by the regents.

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createyourfuture
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createyourfuture 06/15/11 - 05:35 am
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Michael Adams is the Emperor

Michael Adams is the Emperor Palpatine of higher education in this state:

He sought and got a medical school at UGA, because he wanted UGA to mimic the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, which has a Medical School on campus. This is despite it is much easier and less expensive to enlarge MCG.

This move will dilute the talent pool from UGA who used to matriculate to MCG (now GHSU) as many students prefer the cultural opportunities found in Athens, to the lack of same in Augusta. (The lack of opportunities in Augusta is a separate rant.)

He twisted the arms of the Regents, who voted 8-7, to allow UGA to offer engineering courses at UGA, despite the fact that Georgia Tech is tied for 4th with Cal in rankings of engineering schools,only behind MIT and Stanford, both private institutions. Why would we divert state resources away from Georgia Tech, who obviously is doing things right, to establish a new program with very expensive start-up costs at UGA? To massage Micheal Adams' ego.

Sonny Perdue has been the willing accomplice in this heist, since he headed the UGA Mafia in state government. Micheal Adams must have naked pictures somewhere...

Micheal Adams is a power-hungry, ruthless administrator who does not act in best interest of the taxpayers, but only in the interest of UGA even at the expense of other state institutions, thus boosting his own ego,

And now he gets a $50,000 pay raise when many are out of work and the state budget is in crisis? At least take that money from the Bulldawg Nation, who has plenty of money, and refund the $50K to the state.

It is time for the other educational institutions in this state to wake up and recognize that Adams is not their friend, but their enemy who is out to loot state resources for UGA at all costs, and thus line his own pockets and attempt to quench his unfathomable ego.

He truly is representative of the Dark Side.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/15/11 - 06:11 am
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That comment summarizes the

That comment summarizes the manipulations of Adams and UGA perfectly.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/15/11 - 06:23 am
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Couldn't agree more.

Couldn't agree more.

double_standard
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double_standard 06/15/11 - 07:13 am
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The athletic association will

The athletic association will pay the boost not the taxpayers. Merchandising is powerful. Those that don't like it don't purchase UGA Merchandise that's where the big money comes from. Yeah I don't like the fact that they're getting a med school and engineering school but what can you do. I like the school being called Augusta State University and not UGAA.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/15/11 - 07:31 am
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Double Standard, I'm a big

Double Standard, I'm a big college sports fan and love UGA, but that athletic income is intricately tied to taxpayer money. The state does fund athletics on many levels. The stadium and coliseum are the obvious ways, but there are many more we all realize. Adams is making a lot and not accountable with his manipulations that harm Ga Tech and GHSU. Are you kidding me, $660 thousand a year???

Chillen
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Chillen 06/15/11 - 08:24 am
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Who gets a raise in a

Who gets a raise in a recession?! Government employees, that's who.

Never mind the fact that UGA is taking students this fall with SAT's lower than 1000 who got wait listed at Georgia Southern. We should pay him more for his success!!

Sweet son
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Sweet son 06/15/11 - 12:21 pm
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$600,000.00 plus to be the

$600,000.00 plus to be the President of the party school of the nation. He must have the right kind of "cool." Check open.georgia.gov/ for 2010 salaries if you are interested.

Ushouldnthave
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Ushouldnthave 06/15/11 - 12:39 pm
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Wrong, Chillen. Georgia

Wrong, Chillen. Georgia government employees haven't had any type of raise in at least 5 years. With skyrocketing health insurance costs and the gradual disappearance of the state retirement system, employees actually make less than they did. Only those in high positions prosper while the workers languish.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 06/15/11 - 01:56 pm
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More "cool"

More "cool" information:http://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-politics-elections/despite-budget-cuts-three-976909.html

socks99
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socks99 06/16/11 - 03:33 pm
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Adam's is a stalking horse

Adam's is a stalking horse while poor fiscal stewardship by the Regent's is the real issue.

The Regents have paid folks who no longer worked for them, paid to refurbish ex-employees homes, spent thousands and thousands on 'gifts' to state legislators, and pushed-through stupendous loans that now have placed the entire system at risk of collapse.

In the final analysis, it will be seen that the appointment process for the Regents, and their governance of the system was faulty. Our children will pay a high price for the errors and foolishness of the wise men and women we call "Regents."

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KSL 06/15/11 - 05:49 pm
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ushouldnhave, a lot of us

ushouldnhave, a lot of us have not gotten increases in income and have had huge increases in health insurance. That he is getting a $50,000 raise is totally disgusting. I don't live in Georgia, and I'm glad. But we do pay GA state income tax on over half of our income, so I have a right to speak.

Ushouldnthave
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Ushouldnthave 06/16/11 - 10:03 am
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KSL, i'm as disgusted as you.

KSL, i'm as disgusted as you. My point was: don't throw rocks at the average public employees who serve you. They are in the same boat as you are (regardless of what Rush, Boortz, and Austin tell you). Direct your anger at the rich elite who continue to take care of their own.

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carolr 06/20/11 - 03:54 pm
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I agree with Ushouldnthave.

I agree with Ushouldnthave. Budget cuts have taken a big bite out of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Cooperative Extension Offices. Since 2009 there have been layoffs, programs cancelled and now land for sale. They have no other alternatives as they have been told by the Board of Regents to cut their budget yet another year! It is a sad situation and yet President Adams gets a $50,000 pay raise! I don't care who is paying it...it isn't right. What is the Boards of Regents thinking? UGA CAES employees haven't seen a raise in years and are told "be glad you still have a job", but the higher eshelon gets a pay raise...in this economy! As we all know, the lower eshelon always suffer when the higher level of administration reap the benefits. Just look at Congressman Weiner...he resigns because of a shameful scandal and yet he gets to keep his $50,000 a year pension, gets numerous other benefits and also can continue to be a member of the "private" health club that he took those lewd pictures in. What is wrong with this country?

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