Universities still overgenerous with top brass
McGill’s Heather Monroe-Blum gets some very generous perks with her job – $40,000 over two years for housekeeping, hotels at $1000 a night. Concordia is hardly less lavish with its new rector Alan Shepherd, the Journal slyly filing this story under their occasional header “Où vont vos impôts?” but the Concordian confirming the numbers. Do these people raise so much money for their schools that it’s worth it to spend millions on blandishing them into these jobs? I can’t imagine they have much to do with the daily operation of the organization, functioning more as a decorative figurehead that’s brought in to glad-hand at posh corporate funding meetings and the like. But couldn’t a university get by without this quasi-monarchical structure?