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Big-bucks search is on for new Carlson School dean

From the Department of Things I’d Love to be in a Position to Comment on First-Hand: If a person earns, say, $477,000, is $75,000 enough of a raise to persuade her to switch jobs?

And: What does the answer say about the newly convened search to replace the aforementioned wage slave, Alison Davis-Blake, until last month dean of the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management?

After five years at Carlson, Davis-Blake started work as dean of the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business on August 22. A search committee staffed by U of M types and business community leaders, including execs from General Mills, Padilla Speer Beardsley, Custom Research, Inc. and Rothschild North America, is scheduled to recommend candidates by next March.

Davis-Blake’s 2009 U of M salary, according to the Minnesota Daily, was the third-highest among business school deans in the Big Ten. Naturally, university brass are already hinting “market conditions” may force the school to shell out even bigger bucks to replace Davis-Blake.

Business and medical school leaders, the administrators argue, are particularly expensive because higher ed must compete with corporations to retain them. I don’t know about the competition part, but the fact that Carlson faculty are at the very top of the U of M’s salary scale was confirmed in a very good analysis published by the Daily a year and a half ago. 

By Taryn Wobbema and Briana Bierschbach, who is now with Politics in Minnesota, that story reported that Carlson faculty and deans “received, on average, the highest total earnings among the university’s undergraduate, graduate and professional colleges.”

The college employed four associate deans at an average of $306,623 each, six assistant deans earning $170,992 on average, and 96 faculty averaging $194,799.

For the record, the Board of Regents agreed to a salary of $610,000 for new president Eric Kaler — $155,000 more than Bob Bruininks’ last contract.

And one more item for the record, to be filed under bitter ironies: Outgoing dean Davis-Blake’s research and teaching are focused on human resources strategy, according to the University of Michigan announcement of her hiring last February .

“She is an expert in outsourcing arrangements and organizational employment practices such as the use of temporary and contract workers and the design of organizational salary structures,” that university’s provost said.

Somewhere out there a group of downtrodden English department adjuncts is plotting to TP Carlson, provided they can afford both a few rolls of single-ply and gas for the getaway car.

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Randall Ryder on 09/19/2011 - 07:04 pm.

    Business school deans generally draw high salaries relative to other deans in higher education as they are expected to bring in large donations to the school. Any candidate for this postion will have to demonstrate a track record for fund raising.

  2. Submitted by Joe Musich on 09/20/2011 - 05:01 pm.

    So what is the writer’s position on the large summer bonuses to mpls admins? And does the last line I the writing apply toMpls English teachers?

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