University of Kentucky students are still paying for Lee Todd’s “high-life” as he steps down as President and takes over as a College of Engineering faculty member. Other than Dr. Todd being the highest paid Electrical Engineering professor — $162,000 a year, Lee Todd will also receive a new office that will cost students $143,828.
The student newspaper, The Kentucky Kernel, covered the new office plan in their recent article. The Kernel states that the new office will be located in the Advanced Science and Technology Commercialization Center Building.
The UK Board of Trustees approved a 6% tuition increase this year for the 2011-2012 school terms. President Lee Todd was quoted, “I understand the pain tuition increases cause our students and their families. But we do our students a grave and lasting disservice if we let the quality of their undergraduate experience erode.”
Is it a “grave and lasting disservice” to students if former President Lee Todd does not receive his expensive office and salary? The University of Kentucky will use over $300,000 dollars just for Dr. Todd, and students are asking if that money may be used for something else.
Universities all throughout the nation are raising tuition costs while wasting money that is better used for students’ academics. Students are outraged with the wasteful spending from student fees to president’s salaries.
Conservative students need to take action and fight their administration on these irresponsible budgets. Students ought to write letters to the editors, create fliers, and email their administration with their frustration.
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It should be “should have checked” not “should of” checked.
Thanks Bruce for alerting me of the error. I would take blame for the mistake but this was an error from my editor at Campusreform.org. That sentence was added by him as a “Call-to-Action” and was his error.
I should of checked before re-posting. I’ll make sure to fix it.
As a UK Engineering Alum, I would advise would-be students to get their education elsewhere. Having Lee Todd as an Engineering Professor (and the highest paid one at that) only furthers the fact that UK is a joke of an engineering school.
Although I have 2 college degrees, if I was to do it over again, I would not go to college at all. I would put the tuition investment into an entrepreneurial venture after working a decade in industry to get a REAL education. For most, college in the 21st Century is a total waste of time & money.
Those damn homophones!
“Students ought to right letters to the editors…”
I think you intended to say “write” instead of “right”. I don’t blame the University of Kentucky. I think this can be traced to West Virginia public schools. :^)
I’ve done the same sort of thing when dashing off an angry post, but it’s particularly embarrassing in a blog post on education.
The only thing more embarrassing is making a similar mistake when writing a response pointing out someone’s error. I did a thorough spell check and grammar check. I hope I didn’t miss anything. :^)
I do agree with the central thesis. The profligate spending on Lee Todd is offensive. All of our professors are equal, but some are more equal than others.
BTW – Lee Todd was my faculty adviser and one of my professors when I was an EE undergraduate student at UK.