MADISON — In December, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee paid critical race theorist Ibram X. Kendi nearly $45,000 to promote his books and “train” faculty and students that the United States is systemically racist and that white people are born white supremacists, according to The Federalist.
Now, the University of Wisconsin System is giving the university’s chancellor, Mark Mone, a healthy 7.5 percent raise, putting him at $450,000 a year.
It’s part of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents’ campaign to significantly increase top salary ranges for top officials in the public university system, rewarding the same people leading or signing off on sweeping leftist initiatives and curriculum.
The board says it’s all about paying competitively to attract top talent. But taxpayers, who are footing part of the bill, are also paying for the farther left bent on Wisconsin’s college campuses.
The next chancellor for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, for instance, could see annual salary rise nearly 22 percent, with a maximum salary of $900,000. Outgoing Chancellor Rebecca Blank, by far the highest-paid chancellor in the system, boasts a salary of $618,000.
Blank’s university, long one of the most liberal campuses in the country, in many ways is the home of critical race theory. Last fall, the institution was asked to explain why it was forcing graduate students to take critical race theory indoctrination disguised as violence prevention training as a condition of enrollment.
As Empower Wisconsin has reported, the university mandated grad students take and pass training that includes a Critical Race Theory and Critical Race Feminism module.
“If you don’t complete this required program by September 24, 2021 an enrollment hold will be placed on your student account and you will not be able to register for Spring 2022 courses,” states a letter to a UW grad student who spoke to Empower Wisconsin on condition of anonymity.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) demanded answers from Blank.
“I am appalled by the blatant attempt by UW-Madison to force students to agree with one set of beliefs to attend the University as a graduate student. I would like an explanation as to why this course is mandatory for graduate and professional students to enroll in classes at UW-Madison,” Vos wrote in a letter to the chancellor.
The hefty pay raises come as conservative lawmakers look to check the spread of critical race theory and other divisive education at taxpayer-funded universities.
UW-Milwaukee’s salary maximum has increased by 32 percent, climbing to as high as $677,160 a year.
The regents significantly boosted pay maximums for other chancellors, system vice presidents and the UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee provosts too.
“In order to fulfill its mission, the UW System shall maintain a comprehensive compensation program directed toward attracting, retaining and rewarding a qualified and diverse workforce,” the system’s compensation philosophy states. “Employee compensation shall be externally competitive, internally equitable, and shall reward contribution, recognize quality performance, and encourage growth and development.”
But is the system’s “mission” to push leftist ideology on its students seeking higher ed degrees?
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Sociology and Social Work faculty members believe so. On the university’s website, the faculty members announce their “solidarity with movements like Black Lives Matter“ and insist that the criminal justice system is plagued by “institutional racism.” They say their jobs are to:
“Promote critical dialogues within and beyond our school about how racism and other forms of structural oppression and structural inequalities affect us, our relationships, our organizations, and our communities;” and to “Acknowledge that silence and inaction contribute to the maintenance of ongoing institutional racism and other structural inequalities.”
Wisconsin taxpayers will help pay for the 5 percent raise for UW-Stevens Point Chancellor Thomas Gibson, who will be making $265,302 a year.