Jackson highest paid college president; GM releases statement of support listing Jackson's accomplishments at RPI

This Monday, The Chronicle of Higher Education released an article on compensation for Private University Presidents. In discussion with media outlets and the Institute, I released the following statement:

“Rensselaer has undergone tremendous change under the leadership of [President] Shirley Ann Jackson. From my view as Grand Marshal, student body president and as such voice of the student body, I believe what has happened in the past 10 years is nothing short of remarkable.

Students now attend a private research university that is consistently ranked in the top 50 for best colleges in the United States; we are nationally acclaimed for individual merit and cutting-edge education. We have emerged into new fields of study, including biotechnology and electronic media.

Ground-breaking ideas have been constructed and completed: the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, and, most recently, the East Campus Athletic Village, the largest athletic construction project to date at Rensselaer.

Students have tremendous opportunity at Rensselaer, and that includes beyond the classroom; more than 180 clubs, 23 intercollegiate athletic teams, and 35 greek organizations complete the student-life experience.

When students graduate, they leave with incredible opportunity; they enter job fields with salaries that rank among the highest-paid among their peers. This is due to the vision and determination of our 18th President, Shirley Ann Jackson. The student body is thankful for her contribution to our higher education and to the increase in value of a Rensselaer degree.”

You might disagree with some of the events that have happened in the past, but reflect on the big picture; Rensselaer is in a far better position than that of 10 years ago. There are some current events that require cooperation among the Rensselaer community, and the Student Senate, myself, and many other members in student government and beyond are working together to address them. We should still look at the past, but try not to have it obscure the view ahead; I’m hopeful for what comes next.

I will be traveling with the President of the Union, administration office staff, and some fellow students to the Region 2 conference of the Association of College Unions International. Members of the Student Senate Web Tech Group will be making a presentation on the Concerto system; congratulations to them! The conference will be held this year in Rochester, N.Y.

As always, I’m available almost anytime; e-mail me at gm@rpi.edu, contact me through http://www.twitter.com/rpigm/ or visit me at the GM/PU office in the Student Government Suite in the Rensselaer Union. Step back and think a little bit about what’s happened or happening; let me know what your thoughts are and help me move us in the right direction.