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Businessweek: NJ Looking at Community College Administrators' Pay

As students struggle to afford an education, the governor is ordering an investigation of pay and perks for the administrators of the state's 19 community colleges.

Businessweek reports that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has ordered an investigation into the pay for administrators of the state's 19 community colleges.

The governor has questioned both the salaries and perks of the administrators, 16 of whom make more than $165,000 as a base salary. Some enjoy addiitonal perks such as country club memberships and luxury vehicles.

The story reports that the highest base salary, $259,969, was for Thomas Brown,  who retired as the president of at the end of 2010. Brown's total compensation was $441,100.

The article quotes Christopher Guaraca, a 23-year-old student at UCC, who called the administrators' pay packages “unfair.”

Read the Businessweek story here.

Janice June 11, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Does anyone really care what the freeholder do? We should be attending their meeting in Elizabeth by the GROVES to let them know this is NOT ok. Their spending practices are outrageous and I just ran into a pothole that has been there for months. WTH??
Jim Buettner June 11, 2012 at 11:25 AM
So why don't you or anyone other than the same four community minded individuals attend the meetings?
Jim Buettner June 11, 2012 at 11:29 AM
This issue was spoken about and brought to the freeholders attention at the last meeting. This is old news. The only comment from the freeholder from Cranford was that birds were seen laying eggs on the top of a building in UC! Can't make this stuff up. While Rome burns we get comments about birds laying eggs. LOL Come to the meetings and be totally entertained if not depressed on how our county is governed by idiots.
BJ Kowalski June 22, 2012 at 02:48 PM
FYI -- The Union County Freeholders do not vote on salary or benefits for college personnel. Union County College is an autonomous institution, and it makes its own decisions on those matters. Bette Jane Kowalski
Jim Buettner June 22, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Don, you are very insightful. I've asked the freeholders time and again to account for monies spent. For instance, mucho buckos are GIVEN to NJPAC ( NJ Performing Arts Center) in Rahway, who's mayor is an ex-freeholder now being investigated for "improprieties", and when asked for what is the money being spent they claim the same--ignorance! They claim that NJPAC is a non-governmental entity and therefore it does not qualify for OPRA accounting. Who ever heard of allocating money and not knowing where, for what, and for whom the money is intended? Only our UC freeholders. They know they are just not telling. BJ is just a "tool" of the UC freeholder machine. Her response is not her original thought. It is just a parroting of Chairman Mirabella's comment at the last freeholder meeting.
BJ Kowalski June 23, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Union County College has its own Board of Trustees and Board of Governors, who make policy for the college. You can find their names at the UCC web site: www.ucc.edu

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