Our friends over at NC State are in quite a swirl of controversy. To sum it all up, Mary had little lamb of a job. Mary Easley, of First-Lady fame, is a mix between a professor and a speaker-bringer-organizer-person at NC State; the only one of her kind. NC State created the position for her while her husband was governor.
But why the controversy? Well it seems while everyone was hyperventilating over budget cuts, Mrs. Easley took an 88% pay raise last year, and people are not happy. Among the unhappy people are apparantly the entire staff / big shots at State, Erskin Bowles himself, and every single Republican alive in North Carolina. Each have explicitly called for her resignation. But, today Easley bah-hahed them all and stated (by way of lawyer-ventriliquisim) that she wasn’t going to resign but rather that she was going to continue to do an outstanding job.
As it turns out, she signed a five year, $ 850, 000 contract. That figures to $170, 000 dollars a year. I did a little research and found out that that amounts to $60, 000 more than the average NC State professor receives.
UNC CH is home to a very highly paid faculty, and Easley’s salary is still a good $30, 000 more than your favorite, average professor. Heck, she’s making $20,000 more than the average Duke professor. If one were judging by her salary he would have to guess that she was employed at a Harvard or a Stanford, not a State.
But of course she isn’t just a professor, she is also a speaker-bringer-organizer-person. That makes all the difference in the world, you see.
To be honest, I don’t know if I blame her for not retiring. I see the whole thing as State’s problem. They signed the contract and the proper committes and boards approved it. I am nearly certain that her position and salary are due to some political back-room going-ons, but, se la vie.
Mary Easley is currently being investigated by a federal grand jury regarding the matter. This at the same time her husband is being investigated by the FBI for shady dealings regarding his travels (the official 2005 travel records for the Governor have disappeared).
What I want to know is why does everything have to be an ordeal around here? I don’t know, but it sure makes for interesting blog fodder.