Eastern sees fewer administration positions compared to U of I, SIU

Luis Martinez, Administration Editor

Eastern has over 20 full-time administration personnel out of almost 2,000 employees on campus.

More administration positions are at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, than at Eastern.

The University of Illinois Urbana-Campaign has close to 1, 000 administrators. Southern Illinois University-Carbondale has about 150 administrators.

According to a faculty administration report in 2013, Eastern’s administration positions include president, provost and vice president of academic affairs, vice president of business affairs, vice president of student affairs, and other positions.

The report had gather its information based of the 2011 fiscal year, and according to that same report, Eastern had at one point over 100 administrators, the second lowest among all of the Illinois public universities.

However, according to the same report, large schools such as University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University have multiple campus locations.

The University of Illinois has two other locations in Springfield and Chicago, while Southern Illinois University is located in Carbondale and Edwardsville

A few examples of administration positions in Illinois schools include president, vice presidents, provosts, and deans.

As a result, there is also a bigger difference in pay between these two schools and Eastern.

At University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the president has a salary of about $620,000. At Southern Illinois University Carbondale, their president receives a salary of about $320,000. Here at Eastern, the president’s salary is about $276,000.

Overall, the two largest public universities, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, paid their administration a total of $85,000, and $124,000 respectively. Eastern paid their administration a total of about $87,000.

During the Council on University Planning and Budgeting meeting earlier in January, an issue came up about what qualifies as an administration position. Because every university defines administration differently, it is hard to discern what is the total amount of administrators.

The number of positions that the university has depends on the institution itself. For example, a larger school such as University of Illinois has more positions to fill then say, a school of Eastern’s size. Eastern does not have administrations positions such as chancellor, vice chancellor, vice provost and other sub administration positions. In fact, only two of the public institutions in Illinois have the most available administration positions, University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University.

Dave Emmerich, the chair of CUPB, said that the report is a focal point, and Eastern’s date in that report will have to be updated.

“We will be reviewing what we, as a council and its representatives, describe as an administrative position,“ Emmerich said. “ Upon consensus of a definition, we will then look into what Administration to Faculty ratios are.”

Once CUPB has decided upon a more general definition of administration positions, the true number of administrators on campus can be revealed.

Luis Martinez can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].