Monthly Conversation With Mitch Daniels: Pay And Benefits Edition

Oct 30, 2019

Most Purdue employees got raises of between two and three percent in the most recent round of pay hikes. So is it fair that President Daniels is getting eight percent more cash, year-over-year?
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In any organization, the line item that requires the most money is personnel – so at a place like Purdue, which has many thousands of employees, pay and benefits are a big topic of discussion.

So it goes on this edition of WBAA’s Monthly Conversation with Mitch Daniels.

We talk with him about the fact he’s getting about eight percent more money this year than he did last year, while the average employee got between two and three percent, and what kind of message that sends -- especially in a time where so much has been written about CEO pay in America and disparities between it and the pay of rank-and-file employees.

Also, the University Senate asks the school to rescind its 2020 benefits plan just days before open enrollment begins, because they feel they didn’t get enough input.

And how does President Daniels feel about the coming wave of student-athletes being able to get paid for their sports likenesses?