UM-Flint Chancellor gets 15% raise;  dozens top $100K in diverse salary picture as Strategic Transformation decisions appear close
Jan26

UM-Flint Chancellor gets 15% raise; dozens top $100K in diverse salary picture as Strategic Transformation decisions appear close

By Jan Worth-Nelson The University of Michigan – Flint’s top executive, Chancellor Debasish Dutta, received a 15% pay raise for the 2022-23 fiscal year, bringing his yearly salary to $469,000, according to publicly available sources. On average, the rest of the Flint university faculty and staff  received raises of about 3-5%.  The overall University of Michigan pay raise for 2022-23, was 4.1%. Asked for a response from...

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UM – Flint “people’s” group critiques “top down” Strategic Transformation process and challenges “employers as customers” approach
Dec26

UM – Flint “people’s” group critiques “top down” Strategic Transformation process and challenges “employers as customers” approach

By Jan Worth-Nelson University of Michigan – Flint assistant professor Kimberly Saks adamantly declares  she is not “unAmerican.” At a virtual community town hall last week sponsored by a loosely-organized group of faculty, staff, students and alumni who call themselves the “people’s UM-Flint” to distinguish themselves from the official Strategic Transformation process underway at the downtown...

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“Just wait and see”:  UM-Flint Chancellor says campus “Strategic Transformation” will bring fiscal stability, vibrancy to Flint community
Dec10

“Just wait and see”: UM-Flint Chancellor says campus “Strategic Transformation” will bring fiscal stability, vibrancy to Flint community

By Jan Worth-Nelson with Tom Travis The University of Michigan – Flint is “a beacon of hope” for the Flint community, UMF Chancellor Debasish Dutta declares,  and he intends to keep it that way. “I am committed to doing everything I can do to make the UM – Flint strong — financially strong, programmatically strong, and relevant to the region,  its employers and so on,”  he asserted in a recent...

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Analysis: UM – Flint wrestling with implications of Strategic Transformation effort:  will liberal arts — or the campus itself —  survive?
Nov25

Analysis: UM – Flint wrestling with implications of Strategic Transformation effort: will liberal arts — or the campus itself — survive?

By Jan Worth-Nelson Pressed by a complex mix of serious financial issues, declining enrollment, momentum to supply expected workforce needs, effects of the pandemic, and even socio-cultural shifts, the University of Michigan – Flint is grappling with the likelihood of major changes in its character and institutional design. It appears the new era is already underway, with the launch in 2021 of the new College of innovation and...

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UM responds to emeritus faculty:  allegations “taken seriously,”  Flint campus offers “much promise”
Nov11

UM responds to emeritus faculty: allegations “taken seriously,” Flint campus offers “much promise”

By Jan Worth-Nelson Allegations of an injudicious decision-making process and concerns about top-level bullying at the University of Michigan  – Flint have been “taken seriously” and have been responded to “appropriately,”  University of Michigan spokespersons said Friday. Associate Emerita Professor Theodosia Robertson and the other 20 former UM – Flint faculty who signed a letter of concern sent...

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