As a Queens College graduate (1962), I was furious to learn that CUNY president James Milliken gets an annual salary of $670,000, an $18,000 monthly housing allowance, plus a car and driver, bringing his total yearly payout to $886,000.
That is more than twice the pay of President Barack Obama, who runs an organization of 3 million employees and a $3 trillion budget. Equally outrageous is the platinum parachute CUNY handed to former chancellor Matthew Goldstein, who stepped down last year, but still gets paid $300,000 annually for the next 2 years as CUNY's first chancellor emeritus.
That's an honorary title, which means Goldstein will get $600,000 for what is really a no-show job. How does CUNY justify this to students who pay more than $6,000 a year for tuition, which was free when I attended Queens College?