Sounds like a lot to pay a university president in the poorest
state in the nation with a comparatively small campus. Thing is,
$200k per year doesn't sound bad enough since John Counts stands
to make close to $1million over the next three years with $926,000
in salary, annuity and retention bonus plus unknown or unconfirmed
value of housing, auto, and expense account.
This decision by the Board of Regents occurs in an environment
where a bunker mentality prevails, public accountability is treated
with disdain and questions of cronyism and conflict of interest must be
raised. Representative Manny Herrera sponsored, and the
NM House of Representatives passed,
HM 82 in the recent legislative session which resolves
"...that the higher education department be requested to
study the hiring policies and practices of public institutions of
Faculty, students, staff, and residents of Grant County
gathered for three nights on the steps of the Fine Arts Center Theater
to protest this outlandish raid on the public treasury to reward this
no acCount for declining enrollment, increased tuition, across the
board department budget cuts, fiscal incompetence, and pure hog at the
Sign the Petition!
Citizens for A Better University has drafted a petition
letter to Governor Richardson to address this irresponsible and
unconscionable act by his appointees on the Board of Regents.
Click here to download a copy for
your signature and to circulate among friends, family, coworkers, and
everyone you know that recognizes the arrogance of this decision.
here to write / call / email representatives and state officials to
protest this offense Click here to
Read and D/L the Petition to
Gov Richardson Click here for HM 82 Manny
Herrera's memorial to review hiring practices at WNMU and others
Click here for data on WNMU's 8% graduation rate