NMSU to pay for Couture settlement by leaving jobs vacant

Oct 3, 2012 Full story: Las Cruces Sun-News 13

New Mexico State University is paying for former president Barbara Couture's $453,092 "golden parachute" with savings accumulated from as many as 15 vacant administrative positions, officials said.

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NOMOREYEARS

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Oct 4, 2012
These are the kind of golden parachutes that supposedly Bill Richardson, the democrats
and Maobama were so against in the private
sector but guess what NOT FOR THE PUBLIC
SECTOR - nope - bad for the private sector
GOOD FOR THE PUBLIC Sector.

It is appalling that buyouts like this exist -
if I were her I would have jumped ship long
ago knowing I could get this sweetheart deal.

Nothing wrong with education except for the business of education itself.

Of course now all the dumb as c-r-a-ps including
the loser Marijuana Garcia are outraged and promise a investigation.

What a joke!
minimitt

Tewksbury, MA

#2 Oct 5, 2012
The university's budget should be cut by at least 1/2 a million next year. It's obvicous that the positions are not really needed.

Who gets the complaint on this? 1/2 million for what? She's also being paid now. How much was her salary?

Sounds like regents doing as they wish with public money.

Fire the regents!
Elsie YesSir

Las Cruces, NM

#3 Oct 5, 2012
She never should have been hired in the first place, or the second place, or ... She is not an academic person. This says that it was the fault of the Regents to begin with. She needed to be fired, and, that done, the Regents now need to be replaced. Members of that Board need to be people who know what it takes to run a university.
magic8

Las Cruces, NM

#4 Oct 5, 2012
Someone had a crystal ball back in 2009

"If Couture stays at NMSU for five years, she’ll receive a retention bonus of $500,000....The NMSU regents are playing with fire. I won’t be surprised if it blows up in their face at some point with a major scandal."

~Heath Haussamen
http://www.nmpolitics.net/index/2009/12/nmsu-...
magic8

Las Cruces, NM

#5 Oct 5, 2012
Elsie YesSir wrote:
She never should have been hired in the first place, or the second place, or ... She is not an academic person. This says that it was the fault of the Regents to begin with. She needed to be fired, and, that done, the Regents now need to be replaced. Members of that Board need to be people who know what it takes to run a university.
NM only understands pay to play. It is all who you know and what your status is. Sad state all around if you have your eyes open.
minimitt

Tewksbury, MA

#6 Oct 5, 2012
You need a business person to run the university, not an academic.

The university is a business, and running it like it is is a mistake.

What does the president make per year?

Get yourself a good business manager, no need for a PhD. I can tell you that having a PhD only proves you had time. We run PhDs and use them well where I work.

They are not natural managers.
minimitt

Tewksbury, MA

#7 Oct 5, 2012
Give me 6 months with that place and it would be competing with any top notch place.
magic8

Las Cruces, NM

#8 Oct 6, 2012
minimitt wrote:
Give me 6 months with that place and it would be competing with any top notch place.
NO, you want a front seat to the golden parachute lottery. It has been a very lucrative short stay for too many.
IMNNEVERWRONG

Oklahoma City, OK

#9 Oct 6, 2012
Elsie YesSir wrote:
She never should have been hired in the first place, or the second place, or ... She is not an academic person. This says that it was the fault of the Regents to begin with. She needed to be fired, and, that done, the Regents now need to be replaced. Members of that Board need to be people who know what it takes to run a university.
She had the academic, educational, and cultural background to run the university to its high standards. This was a contractural agreement that private and public sectors have all the time. You help to keep NM the bottom of the top.
minimitt

Tewksbury, MA

#10 Oct 6, 2012
Nope. I could care less about golden parachuttes. They pay these people too much to do a job that really is not that hard to do. You could easily get the manager of a mcdonalds to run this and they'd do a fine job. You need business savvy. That is it.

They go hire these cultured people that they know or are recommended and dish out piles of cash. Hire a good business person and you quickly change that place around and las cruces with it.

- chase research money to no end
- partner with private industry heavily
- drop the football team
- crackdown on cheating students (this is an epedemic at nmsu)
- get the cows back out in the middle of town for some serious AG work
- get the engineering college competing in everything and insist on 1 year hands-on for all engineers
- increase the complexity of the business college with more hands-on
- get that darn nursing program recertified at the branch
- review professor teaching performance (there are plenty of dead weights there)
- hire researchers and teachers (2 different things)
- grow the physics college (lots of research money, tiny college)
- become more involved with the public schools to help with transitions to college life
- address ridiculous parking rules
- introduce bars onto the campus (you have to compete with other universities)
- introduce other eateries on campus

There are all kinds of things that a person with 1/2 a brain could do to make this university more attractive and bring it up on its national standing.

It's a good university, not a great university.
Elsie YesSir

Las Cruces, NM

#11 Oct 6, 2012
minimitt says, "There are all kinds of things that a person with 1/2 a brain could do to make this university more attractive and bring it up on its national standing.

It's a good university, not a great university."

This is exactly right and cannot be denied. But football has too big a hold on NMSU, and this is a hurdle that is hard to overcome, but not impossible.
minimitt

Tewksbury, MA

#12 Oct 6, 2012
Well, just ensure that no one attends these stupid losing games and it has to go away. They are 1-4 and working to make that 1-5, but honestly, these guys have been losers forever. What a joke. Drop the football team, these kids aren't here to learn anyway, they have dreams of making it big. Big losing.
minimitt

Tewksbury, MA

#13 Oct 6, 2012
How does football have a hold just out of curiousity? The fan base is miniscule. Are the boosters that big in pockets? Someone must make money off of this. It's not even funny anymore. That losing coach always has excuses. How 'bout I suck as a coach and my team sucks.

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