Tuesday, April 12, 2005

King's Sabbatical For Life

Apparently you are supposed to be a "really first rate scholar" to become a University Professor and get a guaranteed $206,000 for life from SUNY. Chancellor King doesn't even have a PhD. To the money quotes:

"some faculty see King's appointment as a political gift of little benefit to SUNY and at the expense of taxpayers."

"To the extent that really first-rate scholars get these positions, that's fine, but otherwise it's a disgrace," said David Gordon, a professor at the City University of New York and president of the New York State Association of Scholars.

They are voting on this today. I'm betting Pataki has given the word and King gets the cash. Maybe he can go back to school and get a PhD and at some point in the distant future he could be a "really first rate scholar". But then again, if you gave me $206,000 a year, odds are I could pull off that trick, too.