“Top 10 EMU officials collect combined $2.4 million”

From annarbor.com, “Top 10 Eastern Michigan University officials collect combined $2.4 million in 2011.”  You know, I have to say that I’m not really bothered too much by this list.  I think the coaches get paid too much money, but unless EMU wants to get out of the big-time sports business (not a bad idea, never gonna happen) we’re going to pay enormous salaries for those people.

It’s a worthwhile read, but here’s the top 10 list:

  • Football coach Ronald English: $367,920
  • President Susan Martin: $295,120
  • Former Provost Jack Kay: $274,083
  • General Counsel Gloria Hage: $227,293
  • Vice President of Development Thomas Russell: $220,645
  • Assistant football coach Phil Snow: $214,481
  • Former basketball coach Edward Ramsey: $202,828
  • Chief Financial Officer John Lumm: $197,277
  • Athletic Director Derrick Gragg: $196,466
  • Social work faculty Donald Loppnow:$194,738

By the way, the next 10 highest paid EMU employees?  All faculty, and all but one of them a College of Business prof.


13 thoughts on ““Top 10 EMU officials collect combined $2.4 million”

  1. I’m not bothered by the list either. 2.4 million spread out across the top 10 earners at EMU doesnt sound ridicoulous at all. They seem fairly compensationed for their positions at a university the size of EMU. But of course there will be people screaming and hollering about this on Ann Arbor.com, unjustifiably.


  2. Yes, a lot of well paid EMU officials, and few of them are involved in educating students (not counting the expensive recreational program, athletics, which offers no degrees), or were hired through open job searches. Cronyism and Athletics First!

    This news article brings to mind the post that is circulating around campus, from the “communications professionals” in the Administration. Problem presented on Facebook: how to get a class canceled so Communications & Marketing staff can attend a dinner for the coaches? The following post, from early in the week, is copied from the same Facebook account that is used to urge attendance at EMU athletic events, and the last comment is from Ted, the assistant vice president of marketing (other last names have been deleted):

    Meghan T….
    Alright everyone…I need your help. I need a list of reasons why our teacher should let us out after the exam so I can go to EMU Coach’s Show LIVE Broadcast & Dine and Donate.

    What I have so far…

    1. We need to support athletics

    Lois: Meg works for Ted, who expects her to be there. If Meg doesn’t go, she could lose her job. If she loses her job she won’t get free tuition. If she doean’t get free tuition she wont be able to take classes and since she lost her job she wont be able to afford tuition. If she cant go to school she won’t graduate. If she doesn’t graduate renton and gradudation nubers will decrease for EMU. And then EMU will lose funding for poor graduation rates. If there are less students, EMU won’t need as many professors so layoffs will occur and her professor might be out on the street. Sooo… Meg’s teacher should let class out early or he might lose his job.
    Yesterday at 2:42pm · Like · 5

    Theodore G. Coutilish: Lois’ explanation is the best.
    Yesterday at 2:48pm · Like


  3. Looks like ‘ol Lois could use a remedial spelling lesson — and a spine. Funny how marketing’s mantra of Education First has rung hollow, now and since Day One. From fellow alumni on and off campus, the word is Coutilish was the last choice of the communications/marketing staff and still weaseled his way into the position by bamboozling the Squire Fallon. And Ted’s sidekick Meg was a Wayne State student when she was hired — through continued pushing the bounds of illegal temporary contract extensions — to market EMU. HR just whistled Dixie, finally threw up their arms and gave Slick Teddy what he wanted. Go figure.


  4. So, JT, you object to discussing the public statements of EMU officials, about official university business. Odd.

    Ted Coutilish, one of EMU’s vice presidents, has stated on a publicly accessible Facebook account, that the “best explanation” for how his subordinate can get out of a class meeting, is the one stating that Ted’s displeasure against a professor for not canceling class might get that professor fired. That’s public information. Certainly though it’s worth discussing whenever at a university an Administrator, anywhere, suggests that he might favor terminating a professor for not going to a coaches’ dinner.

    Do you really wonder why anybody would possibly want to discuss such statements anonymously? Could it be a rational desire to avoid even a chance of being retaliated against?

    If Ted, a communications expert, doesn’t know that comments on Facebook are public and quotable, he’s the wrong guy for his job in more ways than previously known.


  5. It wasn’t that difficult to track down the Facebook conversation that The Gipper is mentioning here, and I think it’s fair to say that in the context of that post, Ted is trying to do this thing called “joking.” I’m not saying it was a particularly good joke, but I don’t think that Ted was serious. I think Ted happened to be responding to a post/comment on Facebook that mentioned his name. This is the way the book of face works.

    By the way, Ted, two pieces of unsolicited advice: by virtue of suithood, you have to unfortunately be more careful about what you post. Second, you should really revisit your privacy settings on Facebook, as should everyone every once in a while, actually.


  6. JT: if you object to what Huron Hal has said here about Ted Coutilish’s history at EMU, and about his and his staff’s very lose lips and careless use of social media while doing University business, then I imagine you’d die of shock if you heard even one tenth of the comments faculty and staff are saying in person about it. Far more comment off this blog than on, to be sure.

    I’m glad we have EMUTalk for honest discussions, and Sitedad is a hero for running it. HH’s comments are informative and appreciated, too.

    The Facebook account on which Ted seemed to endorse firing faculty members who not adequately support athletics department events (or merely “joked” about doing so) has well over a thousand FB “friends”, and seems to be an official university venue for news, so it was very, very public when those comments were made. Either the marketing staff 1) wanted the comments to be public, or 2) never heard the truth that nothing is private online, especially Facebook.

    But of course, point 2 the first thing taught to people who want to use social media for marketing! Their ignorance of this reality of social media communications has sparked lots of comment on the campus this week, as have the substance of the comments themselves. Ted’s been associated with previous talk of retaliation against the faculty and staff.


  7. Nah, Gip, I just mean the personal attacks, not the questioning of one’s actions. I mean the innuendo. The accusations. The passing on of rumors or hearsay.

    Discussing issues or meaningful and perhaps troubling events (as you do here) is fine. But to rip personally on folks in a blog that lives in cyberspace forever, when they have no defense, just strikes me as wrong. I think, as a collective community, we are capable of better.


  8. Word around town is that the EMU basketball coach is recruiting a high school player who, while very impressive on the field, has faced sexual violence charges against him. These charges, apparently, got him dropped as a Big Ten school recruit (Iowa?). This is a matter of great concern to people at EMU who want to change our image, instead of reenforcing it, of a dangerous campus. That the charges against him were later dropped isn’t that relevant except in a narrow legal sense: most sexual violence acts never even get reported to the police, let alone arrests or charges. The University has spent more effort to recruit him than it does for any 100 non-athletes. This recruiting is evidence of a double standard for athletics. Instances of athletes committing crimes has harmed EMU, and discouraged families from sending their daughters to go to school here. Of course, most athletes are absolutely blameless for this kind of behavior. So why risk the taint by recruiting players with a record like this?

    This matter relates as well to the issue of our Marketing staff making public comments about firing faculty who don’t support athletics. To speak up about safety on this campus hasn’t always been “safe” from retaliation, and that has been especially true when the threats come from student-athletes.
    The claim that we “must support athletics” leads to many bad choices, like the coach’s taking a player rejected elsewhere. The notorious Facebook comments suggest critics of any bad choice by the Athletics Department best shut up or go away.


    • Huh?

      Well, three thoughts about this:

      * This is a rumor delivered under the cover of a pseudonym. So factor that into the equation, gentle readers.

      * It is more than a technicality that charges were, according to you here, dropped. If someone is accused of a crime and then the charges are dropped, then they are presumed innocent.

      * I am willing to bet that marketing has nothing to do with who the basketball coach does and doesn’t recruit.


  9. So a football coach makes more than the president? Is that normal at universities? I honestly don’t see how a football team gets any EMU students not playing for the team.

    If football went bye-bye as it did at some schools…would EMU lose money? I would think we would save a ton, including this coach making what I think is an obscene amount of cash.

    Outside scholarships for non athletes… what about the library? I have heard from students and librarians how their resources are cut to the bone (less data bases, subscriptions, etc…more inter library loan) I see buildings that have little to no ADA compliant features and this much money being spent on…a game.


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