28 March 2009

Priorities

Yesterday, the University of Kentucky fired Billie Gillispie, its basketball coach. His "memorandum of understanding" - both sides never actually completed a long-term contract - essentially says he's now due $6 million. Of course, UK is now saying they'll try to pay less than that.

Even if the "fair" settlement and separation agreement pays him half of that, Billie Gillispie will basically be Kentucky's highest-paid state employee this year.

His job description: NOT coaching the UK basketball team.

The state's higher education budget has experienced some rather significant cuts in the past couple of years. UK employees have been asked to do more with less, as have other state employees.

I realize Gallispie's buyout will probably be funded mostly or completely with "private" money - but I think this encapsulates the problem with our priorities here.

Further, I don't think you'd see this kind of media circus and incessant chatter from everywhere if UK were replacing its provost.

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