UI trustees OK raise for Groce, increase in State Farm Center budget

UI trustees OK raise for Groce, increase in State Farm Center budget

CHICAGO — University of Illinois trustees lent their support to the Illinois basketball program Thursday by approving a budget increase to the State Farm Center renovation and a raise for basketball coach John Groce.

Meeting in Chicago, the board OK’d a $4.5 million increase for the State Farm Center project budget, bringing the total amount up to $169.5 million.

About $133 million in contracts have been awarded so far to the architect; construction manager; plumbing, heating and air-conditioning contractors; and more. The next round of contracts to be awarded is for video boards, a new scoreboard, marquee, snow-guard work and amendments to the professional service and construction management contracts.

The board also gave its formal approval to a $100,000 annual raise and a one-year contract extension for basketball coach John Groce, proposed earlier this month by athletic director Mike Thomas. Groce’s annual pay will rise to $1.7 million, plus incentives. His contract now goes through the 2018-19 basketball season.

Work moves forward

— Construction contracts totaling almost $8.5 million for the renovation of the Natural History Building, 1301 W. Green St., U, were approved. The $73.4 million project will gut much of the interior, provide new classrooms, research labs and office spaces, and replace the building's plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems.

— A professional services contract with BSA LifeStructures of Chicago for construction documents, bidding and construction administration services for the $50 million renovation of Everitt Laboratory, 1406 W. Green St., U. The firm will be paid $2.54 million and up to $1.19 million in other expenses, for a total of $3.73 million.

Appointments filled

— Presidential adviser and former Urbana business school dean Avijit Ghosh was named CEO of the University of Illinois Hospital. His salary will be $391,560.

— Barbara Wilson, executive vice provost for faculty and academic affairs, was named the the Harry E. Preble Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences graduate studies. Her salary will be $325,000.

— Allen Renear, a professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science and interim dean there since 2012, has been named permanent dean. His salary will be $240,046.

— Interim dean Fritz Drasgow will no longer carry the title of “interim dean.” Drasgow will be the permanent dean of the School of Labor and Employment Relations. His annual salary will be $261,880.

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Lostinspace wrote on July 24, 2014 at 1:07 pm

Where is the 4.5 M coming from? Donors? Student fees?

moderndaycowboy wrote on July 24, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Over 1.2 million in yearly administator salaries in this article alone. Is it worth it? It's time for the U of I to ask that question. Save me the "talent will leave" garbage.

dadogg wrote on July 25, 2014 at 5:07 am

In the private sector those salaries would be double. 

Sid Saltfork wrote on July 25, 2014 at 1:07 pm

It is not the private sector though.  It is the public sector.  The administrative salaries are more than any other salaries in the state's public employment.  Making matters worse, the U of I has requested even more money from the state for "competitive" salaries.  Where is the oversight for actual work versus the outrageous salaries?  Remember that the State of Illinois is "broke"?