What does a college president do when one of his closest friends and supporters publicly disses his law school faculty for criticizing his salary?
Suffolk University President David Sargent issued a short statement to the entire law school community today in response to comments that Nicholas Macaronis, chairman of the Beacon Hill college's Board of Trustees, made to the Globe.
In a story published Saturday, Macaronis chastised the law faculty for commenting on the terms of Sargent's contract, sight unseen.
“I’d like to know how many people examined this contract and are sophisticated enough to understand what’s in it,’’ Macaronis said. “I don’t think one of these 44 people would stand up to scrutiny if I were to sit down with them and examine them.’’
Sargent tried to soothe any possible hurt feelings by disassociating himself from the remaks. In a message e-mailed to the law school's faculty, he wrote that he has "nothing but the greatest respect" for them.
"Our faculty members are among the finest legal scholars and teachers in the world, and their abilities continue to withstand the highest scrutiny," Sargent wrote.
Macaronis' comments were "unfortunate and unfair to our distinguished faculty members," he continued, "and are completely the opposite of my own assessment."
A national survey by the Chronicle of Higher Education named Sargent the highest-paid private college president, with 2006-07 compensation of $2.8 million. In October, the survey said he was the second-highest compensated in 2007-08.
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