Final Straw for a Harvard Board Member

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Letter details disagreements between only black member of the Harvard Corporation and Lawrence H. Summers.

How Much Is Too Much?

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Investigation of American University president raises questions about limits and oversight of perks for campus executives.

American U. President Placed on Leave

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Board acts amid reports of lavish spending of university funds.

How to Pay a President

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Campus HR officials trade stories and advice about what role they can play in setting fair salaries.

Expense Account Hall of Shame

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Sure the ousted leader of American U. had a personal chef, but did he have $7,000 sheets? A special list of ex-presidents.

Ousted at American U.

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Trustees fire Benjamin Ladner as president amid inquiries into questionable spending, but leave key issues unresolved.

Millions for American's Ex-President

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Benjamin Ladner walked away from American University Monday night -- with millions of dollars.

Ladner -- president for 11 years -- was fired this month by American University's Board of Trustees amid reports of profligate spending. For the last two weeks, Ladner and board members have negotiated the financial terms of his departure, with faculty members and students expressing outrage over reports that he would receive a multi-million dollar settlement.

Stanford's Lucky Lunch

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Every Stanford University employee will get a little wealthier next week.

To a brief silence, and then thunderous applause at a staff-appreciation lunch, President John Hennessy announced Tuesday that all 11,000 full and part-time faculty and staff members will get a $250 bonus next month for their "tremendous effort," which led to “a very successful year.”

Learning From American U.'s Mistakes

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Nobody wants to be the next American University. After weeks with its now ex-president, Benjamin Ladner, under a barrage of fire for his lavish spending habits and benefits package, universities are making sure that they don’t face similar vulnerabilities.

Given all the publicity in Washington over American, it’s not surprising that George Washington University is among those institutions, creating a new position to monitor executive compensation and conducting an in-depth audit.

A Tale of 2 Speakers

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After Senate aide warns private college officials about scrutiny on compensation issues, Santorum butters them up.


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