Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Show Me the Money, Part I (Corrected)

NOTE: We have made corrections to the dates associated with Alan Garfield, Richard Chesterman, and Tammy Walsh's reported salaries.

The University of Dubuque has worked hard to come back from a near financial death just a few years ago. The school has sacrificed programs, and according to their own statements, been financially cautious in many ways, including faculty and staff salaries and raises. The school has added teaching specialists instead of full-time tenured professors, has raised tuition, and has instituted a mandatory residence requirement for undergraduate students--all, one assumes, to create financial stability. This would lead one to conclude that salary increases in such an environment would be minimal. Look again:

Jeffrey Bullock (University President):
5/31/1999 - $115,000
5/31/2000 - $117,012
5/31/2001 - $140,000 (20% raise)
5/31/2002 - $140,000
5/31/2003 - $146,705 (5% raise)
5/31/2004 - $225,896 (54% raise)

John Stewart (VP for Academic Affairs):
5/31/2002 - $74,772
5/31/2003 - $92,721 (24% raise)
5/31/2004 - $98,749 (7% raise)

Tracy Wagner (VP of Finance and Auxiliary Services):
5/31/1999 - $85,000
5/31/2000 - $86,487
5/31/2001 - $93,500
5/31/2002 - $90,111
5/31/2003 - $92,583 (3% raise)
5/31/2004 - $109,633 (18% raise)

Brad Longfield (VP/Dean of the Seminary):
5/31/1999 - $72,150
5/31/2000 - $70,000
5/31/2001 - $74,100
5/31/2002 - $76,000
5/31/2003 - $85,000 (12% raise)
5/31/2004 - $90,333 (6% raise)

Alan Garfield (CGIM Faculty Member and Chair):
5/31/2002 - $70,087
5/31/2003 - $78,260 (12% raise)
5/31/2004 - $83,538 (7% raise)

Richard Chesterman (Physical Education Faculty and Chair):
5/31/2003 - $68,750
5/31/2004 - $81,393 (18% raise)

Tammy Walsh (former Dean of Student Life):
5/31/2002 - $66,298
5/31/2003 - $84,133 (27% raise)
5/31/2004 - $90,924 (8% raise)

This information was compiled from the University of Dubuque's publicly available 2004 federal 990 tax forms. We are in the process of double-checking the figures and percentages.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Based upon Alan Garfield's salary it looks like I should apply for a faculty position at UD; he's certainly earning more $ than I'm making where I currently teach.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 6:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How does a person get a 54% raise? I should also apply for a position at the University.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 11:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand how the university has benefited from Dr. Jeffries termination, it does not appear to anyone, to fall within the guidelines of the Wendt initiative. In fact,it has created a huge undercurrent of anger,sadness and mistrust toward the administration. The university has problems, Paul Jeffries was certainly not one of them. I would challenge anyone to find a more compassionate,honest, man who cared more for their students than Jeffries. This whole thing is simply wrong no matter how you look at it, and everyone knows the truth. Dr. Jeffries is, and always will be, the true representative of honesty and integrity, and justice. How terriblty ironic that it is he that is required to sign in to be allowed to be on campus.More posts will be forthcoming,right now we exist in a climate of paranoia. Who's next to be removed from the faculty? I must wonder if Jesus would have mediated and resolved this. I am quite sure he would have.

Friday, November 04, 2005 4:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so glad someone mentioned Dr. Jeffries' compassion and character. Besides the fact that he is an excellent teacher, you are absolutely correct in saying it would be hard to find someone who cared more for his students than Dr. Jeffries. When I think about the people I'd like to emulate, Dr. Jeffries is right up there. He is truly good soul, and his absence a tragic loss to the University of Dubuque community.

Friday, November 04, 2005 5:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If bringing in a gift of over $35 million dollars doesn't get you a raise, I don't know what will.

Saturday, November 05, 2005 10:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, how true. As christians we know that this situation could be mediated and resolved.
I think that it is obvious to everyone involed at the UD, even the president and the board, that Dr. Jeffries was a very positive thing for the UD and its students. Isn't that why they granted him tenure? Therefore, it puzzles me that he would be sent away from his job and students where he is needed most. With Dr. Jeffries gone, who among faculty is going to help the students with their loss and confusion over this situation?
Paranoia is caused by fear that UD could treat other faculty in such an unfair and dishonest fashion in the future. Regret is caused by not acting and then watching as this does and will happens again.
I encouage all students, faculty/staff, alumni, and concerned community members(trust me there are many) to start open dialogue here and with the university. The university was heard when they fired Dr. Jeffries. There needs to be a response. Remember, Jesus can't speak for us, only through us.

Saturday, November 05, 2005 11:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two statements above says "If bringing in a gift of over $35 million dollars doesn't get you a raise, I don't know what will." which is an excellent point.

Is that why the director of Development (Ron Heath) left without a job? Answer your own question.....shouldn't he have been promoted?

Sunday, November 06, 2005 8:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Ron Heath, past Sr. VP of Advancement, had actually been the one that brought in the gift - he would have been promoted - question answered. Just because he held that title doesn't mean he brought in the gift - don't be naive

Sunday, November 06, 2005 10:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He was "Sr. VP of Advancement" what was he to be promoted to? God?

The person in charge does not do the job. The other person does the job. If the Sr. VP of Advancement does not bring in money, should his job description be changed?

Monday, November 07, 2005 3:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a student that has only been at UD for two years I can say that everything I have heard about Dr. Jefferies was not so positive. It seems to me that his attitude over this whole situation has been one of a spoiled child. Tenure is a thing of the past or should be. No one should be given a lifetime of free passes. That is the reason we have professors all over the country that seem to think they are God. They think they can't be fired no matter what they say or do.

Monday, November 07, 2005 11:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What?? are our teachers supposed to work in fear? That sounds REAL good.
Tenure is supposed to prevent professors from being fired when they voice criticisms. Jeffries voiced criticisms (some one told me that he didn't think the president was handling Garfield right... any truth to that?) and then he was fired .

Seems if anything, the Jeffreis case shows exactly why a good type of tenure is required. The UD's tenure doesnt seem to mean anything and that's why the administration could get away with what it did.
BTW- I've been at UD for 4 years and had jeffries... he's a great teacher. He would never think he's God and he would only do what he thought was right. You know for sure the tenure thing is messed up when one of the best teachers losses his job.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005 1:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I imagine some people could let tenure go to their heads (we can all get a little full of ourselves sometimes), Dr. Jeffries has always struck me as a humble, thoughtful person. I'm not sure what makes someone describe him as "a spoiled child." I think he's handled the whole situation not only professionally but gracefully.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005 2:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's not blame the victim. Although it is easier to think "this Jeffries professor must have had it coming, I mean UD administrators wouldn't fire him for nothing would they?" it is not wise. This approach has never worked. Look deeper, think harder, prayer longer.... The truth will prevail!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005 9:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly, let's not blame the victim. But who is the victim? This blog is like the network news, it only tells one side of the story, it's bias. If the owners of this blog wanted it to be taken as serious news, then they should have the guts to put their name on it, otherwise people think it's Jeffries himself.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005 6:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who knows him knows he wouldn't publish something like this.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005 8:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. Jeffries create this site? That's actually funny. I can't imagine him even READING this blog. As far as exposing the authors;who cares? Frankly, as we can see from Jeffries termination being honest and forthright with opinions at UD can leave one unemployed. When is the university going to make a statement to the students? My parents are trying to decide if I return next year. Anyone? This link should be sent to the media...anyone know how to do it? Des Moines Register would love it. TH won't touch it,two of their people on UD board.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005 10:15:00 PM  
Blogger WhatWendtWrong said...

Please read our response to the concern that our site "only tells one side of the story" (see above).
-The Editors

Tuesday, November 08, 2005 10:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i was wondering where i can find salary information on the rest of the University of Dubuque faculty?

Wednesday, November 09, 2005 12:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question: I heard that Jeffries was asking for a salary of $300,000 to be the Wendt professor and this helped lead to his dismissal? Is there any truth to that? Has anyone heard anything else?

Wednesday, November 09, 2005 12:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some new information provided by the University of Dubuque indicates that Jeffries made a counter-offer to the initial tenure contract that he was given, and that was therefore the reasoning behind Dean Stewart's and the Board of Trustees's decision to rescind that offer in favor of the probationary contract that they later offered. The nature of this dispute has not yet been mentioned, but it is altogether possible that Jeffries had asked for a redefinition of terms in the contract. Though it would not seem fair that the administration should take this as an opportunity to "out" Dr. Jeffries, that may be the case. However, I find it quite unlikely that Jeffries would ask for a pay raise that placed his salary in the $300,000 bracket. Dr. Stewart makes just under $100,000 himself. I don't think that being the university ethisist would garner that much compensation, and Jeffries would know this.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005 5:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have contacted Kathy Bolten at the Des Moines Register. Everyone, please contact her at kbolten@dmreg.com and voice your opinions. Lets get this recognized so that Dr. Jeffries receives the respect he deserves.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005 5:13:00 PM  
Blogger WhatWendtWrong said...

What is this "new information" that the University has provided? As we understand it, Jeffries told administrator(s) that his memo saying he wanted to discuss elements of his contract was not meant to be a counter-offer. We would be interested in posting this information that the University has provided. Please email us at whatwendtwrong@yahoo.com.
The Editors

Wednesday, November 09, 2005 6:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not the one who wrote the above message pertaining to the new information, but I read an email today that was sent to Faculty/Staff here at UD from the President. They claim alot of things that are false. They claim that the Presidents salary is incorrectly stated on this blog, but how can they say that there tax information is wrong. So is he making 300,000 or are they commiting Tax Fraud?

Wednesday, November 09, 2005 6:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am concerned about my UD colleagues who I see at local area establishments. For example: another blogger stated: "Paranoia is caused by fear that UD could treat other faculty in such an unfair and dishonest fashion in the future."

Well, perhaps the quoted concern has more truth in it than I first thought. My sources have told me that the following folks have exited UD since the turn of the century and most left UD under strange or even secret circumstances. Some were even escorted off campus by campus security:

1. An MBA Director was summarily terminated
2. A scientist who spoke out about low ACT scores and was publicly criticized by administration for addressing this issue; the person left UD
3. A fund raiser was summarily terminated
4. A second scientist resigned from UD to take another position indicated difficulties working with folks in Academic Affairs
5. A well respected seminary professor was told his position was being eliminated/program was going to be shut down, yet the seminary has faculty searches going on; the person found meaningful employment elsewhere
6. A third scientist – a veteran of many UD years - did an early retirement exit from UD under secret/strange circumstances
7. 4 administrators left UD in one year; 2 did NOT have jobs to go to

Of course most recently, Jeffries was not rehired and he was engaged with discussions with the administration over the handling or as some have stated, "mishandling" of the Garfield situation.

There appears to be a pattern of people leaving under oppresive circumstances. What is really going on at UD to cause so many folks to leave and under secret circumstances?

Monday, November 14, 2005 7:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could the administrations handling of Professor Jefferies and his contract be retaliation for whistle blowing? It makes for an interesting statement about what the University administration values. The stated values of the University administration and the in use values.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 11:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't be mislead by the few faculty salaries that made the 990s. Most get paid less than the Assistant to the President, whose salary is published, I presume because she takes minutes at the board meetings.

Sunday, November 20, 2005 1:58:00 PM  

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