EUGENE, Ore. -- Unprecedented times call for much needed sacrifices. University of Oregon President Michael Schill and athletic director Rob Mullens are among a group of top administrators taking voluntary pay cuts for at least the next six months and possibly through the 2020-21 school year.
With no spring sports or the NCAA Tournament to bring in added revenue, administrators are cutting their six-figure salaries to help alleviate potential financial issues with the university. During a virtual town hall meeting for faculty members, staff and graduate employees on Thursday, Schill announced he’ll be cutting his $720,000 salary by 12% and Mullen’s $717,500 salary by 10%.
“Simply put, we are all going to have to make sacrifices,” Schill said.
Some university employees, however, feel those sacrifices aren’t enough and call for something more drastic.
“We need more democratic decision making,” said Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation member Rajeev Ravisankar. “We need to see those who make a lot more money at this university and whose positions won’t be affected to actually be willing to take a much bigger sacrifice. (Administrators) are in much more comfortable situations and their job security is basically guaranteed, whereas a lot of us have uncertain (futures) in the coming months.”
According to Ravisankar, the GTFF called for administrators making more than $150,000 to take 20% cuts.
The University of Oregon has also implemented a hiring freeze due to the coronavirus pandemic. UO roughly has 7,000 employees. Currently, its career website lists 226 open jobs, including Oregon football’s director of recruiting and the wide receiver coach position.
“Well in terms of the searches themselves, we will continue to look for the best possible candidate for all positions while we figure out what the best thing is for the university and what benefits the university best,” said head coach Mario Cristobal.
Before this global pandemic, Cristobal was in ongoing discussions for a long-term contract extension but said that all that stuff will resume when the time is appropriate. Right now it’s not and their main focus is keeping their players safe and healthy.