The half-million-dollar severance package given to the University of Vermont's outgoing president drew sharp criticism Wednesday from the union representing faculty at the Burlington campus, as well as more oblique barbs from Gov. Peter Shumlin.
United Academics, which represents 800 full and part-time faculty at UVM, said the school's board of trustees should be "ashamed and embarrassed" to pay President Dan Fogel $27,000 a month, plus additional benefits, after he leaves office Monday. The 17-month term of the package will bring its value to more than $500,000.
After a break, he'll rejoin the university in January 2013 as an English professor and be paid $195,000 a year, $80,000 more than anyone in that department now receives.
United Academics President David Shiman wrote in a letter to the trustees that the union is "dismayed and profoundly disappointed" by Fogel's compensation package. Shiman noted that non-union staffers have been told they will receive no salary increase next year, and that service and maintenance staff have gone to impasse over a proposed 0.5 percent salary increase.