The University of Minnesota prepares to ask legislators to approve a $1.8 billion budget as some lawmakers question a Wall Street Journal story that showed the school has an excessive administration budget.
University President Eric Kaler told reporters Friday that he agrees with legislators’ concerns about a top-heavy budget, but said the national newspaper article was misleading in saying the university has the largest administrative payroll of any research university.
The fact is, Kaler said, more than 1,000 employees were on the list the Journal used to draw its conclusion. But, he added, a third on the list are professors and another third are not paid by university or tuition funds.
Even with what he termed the Journal inaccuracies, Kaler said he agrees with a pair of lawmakers who asked for a study on administrative staff levels.