September 18, 2013
NEW PALTZ — Rebuffed at the negotiating table over increased pay levels for SUNY adjuncts, a SUNY professors union official is questioning how SUNY can pay an administrator $316,000 a year to take a study leave.
United University Professions (UUP) New Paltz Chapter President Peter D.G. Brown said SUNY cries poverty when it comes to paying adjuncts more than $3,000 per course. At the same time, it approved a plan for retiring SUNY executive David Lavallee to collect his current annual $316,000 salary while he goes on a six-month study leave.
Brown said on Monday that despite repeated Freedom of Information Law requests, SUNY has not provided a single document describing the nature or purpose of this study leave.
“He appears to have been put in a category all by himself,” Brown said.
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