The University's four vice presidents saw varying increases in their salaries over the time span, with Executive Vice President Donald Lehman seeing the largest increase - 52 percent. John Williams, the vice president of health affairs and University provost, had the highest salary of vice presidents in 2007, earning $772,500, according to the report.
I understand why teachers get an increase in salary. It is necessary to pay them a comparable rate to other Universities in order to retain top-level talent. However, I don't see how these administrators can justify getting a pay raise of up to 52% as is reported in the article. In a report by CampusGrotto.com, GW was listed as having the third highest tuition in the entire country, and very near the top:
1. Sarah Lawrence College $54,410
2. New York University $51,991
3. The George Washington University $51,730
4. Bates College $51,300
5. Skidmore College $51,196
Teachers are the ones in the classrooms, and they are the ones that should be seeing increases in pay. While administrators do important work at our school, I don't see how the administration can possibly justify deciding to raise tuition and then turning around and awarding themselves a portion of it.
The cost of college is one of the biggest inhibitors in our higher education system right now, and these astronomical increases in administrator salaries are a step in the wrong direction.