Administrators to defend pay increases to Student Senate

Following pay raises that some Ohio University Student Senate members call questionable, Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit and Vice President for Finance and Administration Stephen Golding will defend their salary increases at next week’s senate meeting.

Senate executives held a meeting with Benoit and Golding Tuesday night, and though senate members said it was a successful first dialogue, discussion about pay increases will continue at future meetings.

Senate executives are unhappy with the way the recent tuition hike was presented to the body, said Senate President Zach George.

Two weeks before the pay increases were approved, Benoit presented an “apocalyptic scenario” to senate members in April, saying budget cuts would close Baker University Center, Alden Library and Grover Center, George said.

“There is a disconnect between the voice of the student body and the goals of the administration,” said Evan Ecos, senate treasurer.

“Students don’t understand the budget,” Ecos said Benoit told senate members Tuesday. “(Benoit’s) attitude is ‘this is what we’re doing, we’ll tell you when it’s done,’” he said.

Senate wants students’ opinions to be considered in the actual discussions rather than after the decisions have made, Ecos said.

Comparing the university policies to corporate standards, George said students are the majority shareholders of the institution, paying 44 percent of the university’s funds. Senate members feel student opinion is not proportionally represented in the decision-making process, George said.

Senate is trying to handle the situation in the most professional and efficient way possible, said Joel Newby, senate’s director of media relations.
Students should bring their concerns to next week’s senate meeting when Benoit and Golding are in attendance, Ecos said.

“We are going to ask, respectfully, that they share these sentiments to them,” he said. “We’re going to hold the administration’s feet to the fire.”


Another Jacob Lindley from Pennsylvania

It turns out the Jacob Lindley whom George Washington sent on a deputation to Detroit was the Quaker minister from PA, not the Presbyterian minister from PA who later became President of Ohio University.

They apparently thought a lot alike, as evidenced from this quotation by Ohio University's Jacob Lindley, reminiscing on his baptism at the age of four:

"I never forgot the solemn scene of my baptism, although then only in my fourth year, nor the conversation of my parents, especially of my mother, both before and after my dedication to God in this ordinance. They told me that I belonged to the Lord, and that it was my duty to him to strive to learn his will, and strictly to obey all his commandments. Impressions were made upon my mind which never left me, and which, as a restraining power, ever preserved me from open sin."

What this Jacob Lindley thought about salaries is still unknown, at least to me. But I guess he did not think much about salaries at all.

Here's a comment from 1st OU President on salaries

Here's a comment from Jacob Lindley, just 11 years before he became the first president of Ohio University, on salaries and other matters, from his account of a 1793 expedition in to Detroit, from

"Ten principle Indians, Senecas and Cayugas, came to see us. Several of them old men, with grey hairs, and furrowed brows; evident marks of a round of years, attended with variety of hardships, exercise, sorrow, and pain. Their depressed countenances awakened all the compassionate feelings of my mind towards them. But my agency seemed so feeble, I could only retire into solemn quietude, and intercede the common Father to be the comfort and prop of their declining years. The old Fish-carrier was one of the number.

"This day my exercise of mind was heavy, and my heart sorrowful, in a feeling of the sufferings of the pure Seed in this place, and the cruelty and oppression which reign among the children of men, even of the most polished nations. What enormous salaries are given to military officers, both sea and land, as also officers in civil government, who too generally stand opposed, with thousands of others in more inferior stations, to the spreading and increase of the kingdom and government of the Prince of Peace."

I like this guy, Jacob Lindley! I read today that George Washington's first salary was $25,000, but I don't believe Jacob Lindley ever saw that kind of money. What he had--and gave--was of much greater value than that.

I wish Ohio University would give us access like this to our history, and we didn't have to rely on Central Michigan University do it.

Can I be an Administer too?

I noted that today's paper version (yes, they're still cutting trees for The Post) has the title "Administers to defend pay increases to Student Senate." I see the headline has already been corrected here, but I think that might have been too hasty.


Can I be an Administer too? I'm not exactly sure what that is, but It has a nice ring to it. Maybe it's like a minister, just with weightier responsibilities and better pay. I'm sure both the ministers and administers work hard, but the question of suitable compensation does arise to many.


The first eight presidents of Ohio University were actual ministers; I wonder what their take on that would be on this article. From the website I see that they would have to have earned $29,000 per year to be the inflationary equivalent to $415,000. I wonder if they did.


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