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LETTER: Applauding 'dart' on University President's bonus


To the Editor:

I wanted to applaud the Targum's assignment of a dart to the Board of Governors for awarding a $97,000 bonus to President Barchi. I have nothing against President Robert L. Barchi and assume he is doing as fine a job as he can. But offering bonuses to a university president for doing the work one expects of him — or to football coaches when their teams win games — is absurd. Are we a university or Wall Street, where bonuses are a major part of compensation? I would wager that virtually all of us employed at Rutgers University are as passionately committed to the University as the president is. The awarding of bonuses sets a dangerous precedent and changes the very nature of a university.

Michael Aaron Rockland is a professor in the Department of American Studies.


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Michael Aaron Rockland

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