Michael Childs: UMass brass taking salary cuts not a great sacrifice

Thursday, May 21, 2020

On May 1, the Gazette published a story on the financial difficulties at UMass: “UMass plans for uncertain fall.”

The story notes that the top administrative staff may take “voluntary” salary cuts of 10%, and that the Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy plans to take a 12% salary cut. What you don’t say is how much money these people make. It is important to put a 12% salary cut in perspective when Mr. Subbaswamy earns at least $489,000. The vice chancellor earns over $303,000, and the deputy chancellor earns over $284,000.

All these salaries are public information, and I suspect that they earn significantly more then this after benefits are factored in. Their sacrifice doesn’t seem that great to me when people are lining up at the Amherst Survival Center and homeless shelters and almost all the shops of this town are shuttered, some perhaps forever.

The gesture is appreciated, but it’s not as great a gesture as it may seem.

Michael Childs