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Staff Drops by Six, But…

From November 1, 2014 to November 1, 2015 the total number of non-faculty staff members at the College dropped by six people, after rising by 60 the previous year, and by a total of 447 between 2010 and 2014:

Non-Faculty Staffing 2014-2015 Comp.jpg

However the hiring devil is in the details, some of which can be discerned, and others not. As we have noted in the past, a number of areas of responsibility (dorm maintenance, DDS, Safety & Security) have been stripped out of what used to be called the Dean of the College’s area, so the above chart does not compare like with like (for example, between 2014 and 2015 the Executive Vice-President’s area jumped from 489 to 771; obviously those extra numbers were not new hires). But we can understand a few things: staffing decreased by about 40 people in very specific parts of the College: Geisel (-34), Tuck (-5), Thayer (-1); and it increased in Advancement (+21). The net difference is 19 new positions in the catchall areas that are unanalysable. Probably more deans and the like.

Faculty shrank by only one position; it had increased by 38.5 positions between 2010-2014. However, here, too, the detailed numbers tell a story: tenured faculty decreased by eight positions (mostly via the retirement of full professors); and we added one assistant professor and six adjunct faculty members. A net dilution in quality, I’d say.

Advancement, which used to be called the Development office — fundraising in plain English — continues to hire like mad, as we have reported, in preparation for the slow-to-get-started capital campaign. The below chart shows Advancement staffing figures from 2004-2015, including the dip after the end of the previous campaign in 2008/9 (along with some furious cost-cutting) and back to today’s campaign level:

Advancement Staffing 2004-2015.jpg

A total of 217 people in Advancement is a serious piece of change. With high salaries for skilled folks (in 2012, her last full year leading Advancement, Carolyn Pelzel earned $$526,813), extensive travel and entertainment budgets, and its own building, Advancement’s annual budget has got to run between $35-$45 million (total spending at the College was $891,628,000.

Addendum: The blip in Advancement staffing in 2012 — which we noted at the time — sure makes it look like a Kim Kapital Kampaign was in the offing at that time. But shortly thereafter Kim was offing to Washington, so it didn’t happen.


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