University of Minnesota spending is arrogant, out of control
A few years ago, I sent an e-mail to a University of Minnesota regent to express my concern about what appeared to be a pattern of lavish spending by the university.
My comments were triggered by the golden parachutes provided to former President Robert Bruininks and former Athletic Director Joel Maturi, the six-figure salaries being paid to legions of administrators and the seemingly unlimited budget for pricey consultants and outside law firms.
I told the regent I had had the good fortune to attend the university at a time when students could work their way through school, a quaint notion in today’s world. And I urged him to do whatever possible to control university spending — to help keep tuition in check and reduce the need for today’s students to pile up mountains of debt.