With the recent brouhaha over the proposed merger for KSU and SPSU, there have been some very active conversations (here and here) in the comment sections. Some making good points, others not so much. Though when it comes to the actual merger, I don’t really care one way or the other.
However, as part of the conversation on the topic, there have also been some interesting (and often wrong or misleading) things flung around about the Board of Regents. You know, a popular whipping boy as of late. Especially after the Georgia Regents University thing.
So let’s go ahead clear a few things up, and talk about the Regents.
First things first here’s the org chart. See those 19 people at the top? They don’t get paid. They get a per diem and travel allowance for meetings but that’s it. That per diem is also capped at $105. Here’s the numbers for FY 2012: Total Regents’ Per Diem: $30,870; Total Regents’ Travel: $15,911.16. A drop in the bucket really.
You’ll notice that’s a far cry from the $28 million figure mentioned in the comments. Now let’s go to the FY2014 budget and see where that $28 million number could have come from. Remember that Org chart? Yeah some of those people do actually get paid, and the $28 million is everyone else that works for the Board of Regents, the office managers, the IT people, etc. If you have roughly 500 folks on the payroll, it’s going to add up quick with an average salary of $56k. Though keep in mind the salaries actually range from $16k-$475k.
Another fun question is what the Regents actually do. The actual Regents (the 19 unpaid people) set policy for the University System of Georgia. The Regents’ office (the 500ish paid people) then implements the policy which includes: work student issues, set tuition and fees, approve real estate and building plans, projects, etc, reviews and approve all academic programs, personnel action for presidents, chancellor, review appeals (personnel action, some student actions, etc.,), approve legal agreements, approve all budgets, prepare financials, run most of the System’s IT systems, conducts audits, provide legal guidance, provide guidance on HR issues, provides employees benefits, and works with K-12. Etc. Etc.
Now that we have a few things straightened out about the Board of Regents and the Regents themselves, feel free to continue discussing the KSU-SPSU merger .
On a side note, I have to say my favorite comment of the discussion so far was “This is a f’n crime. Southern Poly alums are not happy. I will now be voting against the Bond to Redevelop the Franklin Road area also. Announcing this just after Early Voting ended was staged and shady.”
The logic of how these two issues relate to each other continues to be just out of my understanding.