Pennsylvanian reported on September 10 that President Rodin's
salary and bonus, not including benefits and expense account, went
from $605,000 to $690,405 in FY01, an increase of more than 14%.
Chairman Riepe says, "She's one of the outstanding university
presidents in the country. We think she deserves to be among the
best paid, so we're quite comfortable with her level of compensation
being among the highest." Penn, it seems, is lucky to have
excellent leader will tell you that she doesn't do her job alone.
An excellent leader achieves that status because she has excellent
people working for her. Surely Penn has outstanding scientists,
poets, historians, researchers, accountants, administrators, and
even programmers, who are among the country's best. Yet none of
these people gets 14% increases; they have to live with 2.9% or
thereabouts because of budget constraints. It appears that the budget
constraints which have been placed throughout the University don't
apply at the top.
is wrong here. The administration, I think, will be the first to
tell anyone that the quality of the faculty and staff here at Penn
is excellent, perhaps the best anywhere. But unless we get raises
accordingly, it's lip service and insincere. Anyone can toss around
verbal praise, and it's important to get the occasional pat on the
back, but if there's nothing to back it up, what does it mean? One
wonders how President Rodin, an employee of this University, can,
in good conscience, accept this kind of percentage increase when
she knows that all the excellent people around her, also employees
of this University, are ineligible for it no matter how well they
1998, I wrote a similar letter to Almanac.
The administration paid no attention but the Penn community sure
did. I heard from many of you via phone and e-mail supporting my
position. I ask those of you who believe as I do now to write to
President Rodin and Chairman Riepe to tell them of your concern
about these unfair conditions that are taking dollars that you have
earned out of your pocket.
hopes that there is strength in numbers and that they will, at long
last, hear us.
--Rick Wexler, Senior Programmer Analyst, Administrative Information
from Chair of Trustees
University devotes a tremendous amount of time and effort, with
the assistance of outside compensation consultants, to ensure that
compensation for all employees, including Dr. Rodin's, reflects
the markets in which we compete, the resources we have available,
the goals of the University, and individual performance. Due to
market forces, pay ranges within the University vary across academic
and administrative departments, job categories, as well as schools
and centers. Market data on salaries paid at peer institutions,
including Ivy League and other private teaching and research universities,
is reviewed .
Compensation Committee of the Trustees annually reviews the compensation
of all senior officers and academics, and specifically sets the
president's. The level of Dr. Rodin's compensation is a product
of a number of factors, including the scale and complexity of the
University, compensation levels at comparable institutions, and
her and the University's performance compared to established goals.
It is also important to note that, due to the Health System's unstable
financial condition at the time, Dr. Rodin received no salary increase
anything is clear in looking at competitive institutions and Penn's
relative standing, it is that leadership makes a difference. During
Dr. Rodin's tenure, Penn's academic rankings have risen, student
selectivity has increased, research funding has greatly expanded,
Penn's neighborhood revitalization efforts in West Philadelphia
have accelerated, fundraising has broken records, and we have the
strongest group of deans and faculty in my memory. Dr. Rodin's compensation
recognizes these facts as well as the Trustees' continued confidence
in her leadership.
Rodin's compensation is competitive, acknowledges her many accomplishments
at Penn and reflects the Trustees' belief that she is one of this
country's outstanding university leaders. We think Penn deserves
S. Riepe, Chairman Board of Trustees
the United States Government continues to worry of a terrorist organization
getting their hands on bio-medical and radioactive material in order
to produce a "dirty-bomb" that will harm or even kill
people, the University of Pennsylvania continues to think that the
security they provide is adequate enough to prevent thefts of dangerous,
hazardous materials that can be used in a terrorist attack. The
security arrangements at most facilities on the Penn campus are
next to nothing, from CCTV systems that are outdated, and in most
cases don't work at all, to security who are not trained enough
to detect or prevent anyone from removing without any obstacles
such dangerous materials.
Penn I.D. cards of those who enter a building--by security, at buildings
that contain bio-medical items to used radioactive waste that can
be used along with an explosive device--is not enough! The University
and its administration along with the Department of Public Safety
better realize that terrorist "Sleeper-cells," already
in the country need not steal this material from a highly guarded
government plant but a University lab that has no security whatsoever
can remove such materials from laboratories on this campus without
any question whatsoever where the material is.
this University administration continue to operate with "Blinders"
of "Sleeper-cells" to remove materials from unguarded
labs and produce the feared, "Ultimate Bomb" to use against
all of us in this City and above all: This Campus.
Charles F. King Jr., Facilities Service Employee
from Public Safety
appreciate your concern for the safety and security of the University
Community. Let me assure you that the Division of Public Safety,
in conjunction with the Vice Provost for University Research, the
Office of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety, and the School
of Medicine Security Department, continually review all laboratory
security issues as part of the University Crisis Management Planning
the Division of Public Safety, and the above-mentioned entities,
also work closely with city, state, and federal regulators overseeing
the safety and security of all laboratories across the University.
thank you for your interest and be assured that the security of
University laboratories is a top priority for the entire University
Maureen S. Rush, Vice President for Public Safety
Books and A Dolphin
that Penn has refurbished its logo, I wonder if someone could explain
the meaning of the things that have not changed on the emblem. What
is the significance of the two books and the dolphin?
asked a number of people and no one seems to know. I bet a lot of
others would like to know.
Dan Romer, Senior Researcher/Fellow, Annenberg School for Communication
The following response is courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania
Archives website, www.archives.upenn.edu/memorabilia/heraldry/guide.html
Arms of the University
arms of the University of Pennsylvania, approved in 1932 and adopted
in 1933, may be regarded as a symbol of the University serving a
decorative rather than a legal function. The arms memorialize two
important influences in the founding of the University, Benjamin
Franklin and the Penn family. The heraldic description is as follows:
"In the chief, gules, two open books and a dolphin, argent;
in the ground, argent, a chevron, azure, with three plates, argent."
design includes the three plates of the Penn family arms and the
dolphin of the Franklin shield. The open books denote an institution
of learning. The colors of red (gules) and blue (azure) are believed
to have been chosen originally by a student representing the University
in a track meet held at Saratoga, New York, in 1874. These colors
were adopted by the Athletic Association in 1876 for use by University
teams and by the Trustees in 1895 for use on the academic hood worn
by graduates of the University. When the Trustees in 1910 adopted
a design for the University flag they specified that: "The
colors shall conform to the present standards used by the United
States Government in its flags." The Red and Blue of Pennsylvania
are therefore officially the hues maintained in the national ensign.
Out welcomes reader contributions. Short, timely letters on University
issues will be accepted by Thursday at noon for the following Tuesday's
issue, subject to right-of-reply guidelines. Advance notice of intention
to submit is appreciated. --Eds.
Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 5, September 24, 2002
September 24, 2002
Volume 49 Number 5