Guest column on “What We Pay” series

by Office of the Chancellor | January 11, 2013

Dear Colleagues,

In reaction to Gannett Wisconsin’s news reporting and posting of an online database of UW System salaries — both of which have gained a great deal of attention, especially on campus — I am submitting the following guest column to both the Green Bay and Appleton newspapers.

Many of you have already received a statement from Provost Wallace. Her message, intended primarily for an internal audience, speaks to the problems inherent in projects of this type and possible problems in presenting the data. She also expresses her pride in the continuing professionalism and dedication of UW-Green Bay’s faculty and staff.

I share those sentiments. In my guest column, however, I focus additionally on the potential value of the Gannett Wisconsin series. Whatever one thinks of these public-salary database projects, in the case of UWGB and the UW System, the newspapers are reinforcing something we’ve been saying for years: Our faculty and staff salaries are low.

We will use this as still more evidence of the need to reinvest in Wisconsin’s public colleges and universities.

Thank you for all you do for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Thomas K. Harden

UW-Green Bay Chancellor comments on Gannett’s salary database project
Guest column on “What We Pay” series — Friday, January 11, 2013