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Old 07-02-2019, 10:11 AM
 
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There seems to be absolutely no shortage of funds these days in Storrs. Must be nice to operate without any financial constraints.


[B]UConn agrees to spend $740,000 on house for new president[/B]
[URL]https://fox61.com/2019/07/01/uconn-agrees-to-spend-740000-on-house-for-new-president/[/URL]
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Old 07-02-2019, 11:00 AM
 
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More UConn news. Seems like the $10M spent last year to replace the ceiling tiles at Gampel Pavilion was not enough to resolve all its issues. Seeking an additional $1.8M for permanent dehumidifiers.


[B] Problems found in new ceiling at UConn arena [/B]
[URL]https://www.centredaily.com/sports/article231972077.html[/URL]



Add the minimum cost of $13.5M to switch athletic conferences and the possible $10M+ it could owe the fired men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie if he is successful in his challenge of not not being paid for breach of contract.



All of this on top of a reported $40M athletics dept operating deficit per year.
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Old 07-02-2019, 07:53 PM
 
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I think you can pretty much scratch the $10M going to Ollie, considering the NCAA report that came out today. Certainly looks like they had cause to fire him.

But $740k?!? Is the new plastic bag tax going to subsidize it?
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Old 07-02-2019, 08:02 PM
 
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740k is ridiculous. For someone being paid what a president of a college gets paid, there is NO reason to supply him with housing. Make him buy his own home like everyone else.

Not to mention a house in Storrs can be purchased much cheaper then that since it's likely the cheapest part of CT.
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Old 07-02-2019, 09:18 PM
 
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Wow: "School officials say Oak Hill is nearing the end of its useful life and estimate it would cost more than $1 million to make needed repairs, including the installation of a new slate roof and heating and air conditioning system." It's a 1940's house that UConn has a budget - a large one - to upkeep. I would bet my life it's not falling down.

I also found an article from 10 years ago where a past president lived in another house in Storrs that UConn paid for renovations on, and he sold and profited on.
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Old 07-03-2019, 07:06 AM
 
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A couple of things to note:

- a house for the president of a college or university is the norm in higher education
- without one, it's near impossible to attract a top individual to run the institution
- the President's House is used for entertaining, receiving guests, holding meetings, et al which is not the norm for people working outside the field of higher education.

IMHO, it would be a better financial spend to repair or replace the house on campus.
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Old 07-03-2019, 07:45 AM
 
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A couple of things to note:

- a house for the president of a college or university is the norm in higher education
- without one, it's near impossible to attract a top individual to run the institution
- the President's House is used for entertaining, receiving guests, holding meetings, et al which is not the norm for people working outside the field of higher education.

IMHO, it would be a better financial spend to repair or replace the house on campus.
Thanks for making those points. And, while northeastern CT is certainly cheaper than Fairfield County, a new home in Mansfield/Storrs is not cheap compared to some of the surrounding areas. (the median home prices are skewed lower because of older and smaller homes built in the 50s, 60s and 70s)

[url]https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/22-Scottron-Dr-Storrs-Mansfield-CT-06268/111099339_zpid/[/url]

[url]https://www.trulia.com/p/ct/mansfield-center/4-jackson-ln-mansfield-center-ct-06250--2004915036[/url]
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Old 07-03-2019, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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A couple of things to note:

- a house for the president of a college or university is the norm in higher education
- without one, it's near impossible to attract a top individual to run the institution
- the President's House is used for entertaining, receiving guests, holding meetings, et al which is not the norm for people working outside the field of higher education.

IMHO, it would be a better financial spend to repair or replace the house on campus.
That is true. The President often entertains deep pocketed alumni and donors regularly so they can't just live in a smaller 2,500 square foot colonial. It has to be big and set up for larger scale parties.

I agree that it would be better to repair the house on campus. On the other hand I am wondering if they want to tear down the old house and use the property on campus for expansion. That might make more sense. Jay
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Old 07-03-2019, 11:42 AM
 
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I agree with Jay that they probably should have renovated the existing structure, I don’t think this is worth the noise it’s getting. Another case of the media trying to make a story where there really isn’t one.
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Old 07-07-2019, 10:47 AM
 
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[B]UConn’s sham explanation for third presidential palace[/B]
[URL]https://www.theday.com/columnists/20190707/uconns-sham-explanation-for-third-presidential-palace[/URL]
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