FIU Spends Big Bucks on Bureaucrats
Florida International University got a new president this weekend: Mark Rosenberg. And guess what? He'll make more than the last guy, Mitch Maidique. At $680,000 per year, he'll garner a lot more than you or President Obama or the heads of many multinational corporations or foreign lands.
Thing is, even as the FIU president's salary is rising — Maidique made a paltry $630,000 — the university is slashing majors, departments, and jobs. And it's raising tuition.
In effect, it's screwing you and me, the taxpayers.
Florida International University
And to add insult to presidency, Ivy League-educated author and FIU professor Bruce Nissen offers the following: The place is bureaucrat-crazy.
NPC Southern States Bikini, Figure, Men's Physique
TicketsFri., Jul. 7, 6:00pm
NPC Southern States Bodybuilding Championships vs. NPC Southern States Fitness & Figure Championships
TicketsSat., Jul. 8, 6:00pm
Florida Launch vs. Chesapeake Bayhawks
TicketsSat., Jul. 15, 7:00pm
Florida Launch vs. Charlotte Hounds
TicketsSat., Jul. 22, 7:00pm
Over the past six years, the number of administrators at the 39,000-student university has nearly doubled, from 377 to 742, Nissen shows in a recent report titled "How Does FIU Spend Its Money?" During the same period, the quantity of professors and others who work in the classroom — "people who produce something," says Nissen — has grown by only one percent: from 928 to 933.
And check out these stats: Total tuition paid has increased by 60 percent and is likely to go even higher. Administrative salaries — for "deans, associate deans, provosts, and associate provosts, the highly paid people" — have doubled.
"They just keep diverting more and more money to administrative overload," Nissen says. "They wiped out entire majors in the college of engineering. They are talking about wiping out religion, dance, and fine arts. These are stunning numbers."
So far, university leadership hasn't responded to the study, which was sponsored by a union that includes the professors. A call to FIU Associate Vice President Tonja Moore, who Nissen says is working on a response, wasn't returned.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Miami, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.