The (Durham) Herald-Sun reported Friday that UNC-Chapel Hill's Board of Trustees has finalized plans to designate a professorship at the UNC-CH School of Government to UNC-system President Molly Broad.
When Broad retires, she will take on the position at 60 percent of her current annual salary of $312,504.
That's simply too much money to give up, regardless of prior agreements.
The UNC-system Board of Governors decided on the salary in May, promising Broad the same benefits recently accorded to retiring chancellors. But granting Broad a position that typically takes professors years of work to attain in a tenure track system is simply insulting. The title of professor effectively is being reduced to a fringe benefit for Broad.
The thought of the UNC-system's Office of the President providing such a large salary seems both unnecessary and counterintuitive. It doesn't make sense when considering the recent raise that was designed for Broad and other UNC-system officials and administrators.