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California’s Two Highest Paid State Employees Fired in Four-Month Span

Posted by Chris Nguyen on March 25, 2013

Making a combined salary of $5 million in 2011, California’s two highest paid state employees were cut from the state payroll in the last four months.

Hired in late 2001, the state’s highest paid state employee made $2.88 million in 2011.  He was fired in November after six years of subpar performance at UC Berkeley.

Hired in early 2003, the state’s second-highest paid state employee made $2.15 million in 2011.  He was fired over the weekend after five years of declining performance at UCLA.

Little surprise, all five of the top five highest-paid state employees (from 2011, the latest year with numbers available) came from the University of California system’s payroll.  With those two gone, the highest earners from 2011 still collecting state salaries are UCLA’s Ronald Busuttil ($1.98 million), UCSF’s Anthony Azakie ($1.81 million), and UCSF’s Philip Leboit ($1.53 million).

tedfordhowlandOh, those two who were fired?  The one fired in November was Jeff Tedford, Head Coach of the Cal Football, and the one fired over the weekend was Ben Howland, Head Coach of the UCLA Men’s Basketball team.

For some of our readers, you saw this a mile away as soon as you read the headline.  For other readers, this raised your hackles at the start of this post and is still an outrage.

Back in July, I had written a post about the massive $169 million subsidies that the UC and CSU systems provide to Division I athletic programs.  This is a net cost that already accounts for all revenues provided by these athletic programs to the universities.

UCLA spent $2.59 million in subsidies to its athletic programs while UC Berkeley spent more than four times as much, with $10.51 million in subsidies to its athletic programs.

As I noted in July:

At a time of budget cuts, tuition increases, class reductions, and enrollment reductions, should UC & CSU really be spending this much money to subsidize athletics?  Aren’t athletic departments supposed to subsidize the universities, not the other way around?

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With Budget Cuts & Tuition Increases, Should UC & CSU Spend $169,000,000 to Subsidize D-I Athletics?

Posted by Chris Nguyen on July 13, 2012

This swimmer isn’t the only thing underwater in NCAA Division I Public Universities

USA Today has a database showing every public NCAA Division I university’s revenue, expenditures, and subsidies on athletics.

Only seven universities had athletic revenue exceed athletic expenditures without a subsidy: Texas, Purdue, Penn State, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Nebraska, and Louisiana State (LSU).

Here’s the size of subsidies received by California’s public NCAA Division I universities:

UCLA $2,587,439
Cal State Bakersfield $5,598,086
Cal State Fullerton $7,449,705
Fresno State $8,398,998
Cal State Long Beach $9,499,251
Cal State Northridge $9,529,469
UC Berkeley (Cal) $10,505,850
San Jose State $11,367,799
UC Santa Barbara $11,484,580
UC Irvine $11,833,894
UC Riverside $11,872,584
Cal State Sacramento $13,722,863
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo  $16,356,737
San Diego State $18,140,124
UC Davis $20,953,181

At a time of budget cuts, tuition increases, class reductions, and enrollment reductions, should UC & CSU really be spending this much money to subsidize athletics?  Aren’t athletic departments supposed to subsidize the universities, not the other way around?

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