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While tax hike vote looms, UCSD's "Travel and Entertainment Team" seeks $72,000 assistant
University of California president Mark Yudof has been out on the stump for Jerry Brown's Proposition 30, talking down the university’s financial future if voters reject the governor's massive tax hike measure in November.
"I see Prop. 30 as, perhaps, at least an opening salvo to try and change [declining per-student spending] and try to get increasing appropriations for the university," Yudof told University of California San Diego's student newspaper, the Guardian, in an interview last week.
"As you know, we’re down virtually a billion dollars in the last four years, we’ll be down another $375 million if Prop. 30 doesn’t pass."
But state budget cuts or not, the folks out at UCSD continue to travel and party, judging from a job notice the school has just posted online.
"The UCSD Travel and Entertainment Team are the process owners and subject matter experts for official business travel, entertainment, meetings, and other types of events," says the recruiting notice for manager of "Travel and Entertainment," a position that will pay between $50,722 to $72,739.
The party team "Develops new travel and entertainment initiatives for the campus and serves as project lead," according to the job description.
UCSD already has an "entertainment specialist," according to its travel and entertainment website. "Please feel free to contact me for any of your entertainment needs," writes Sali Coleman.
"I can also assist you with Travel Card payments related to entertainment expenses. I look forward to assisting you anyway I can!"
The new hire will report to the Assistant Director of UCSD Travel Dawn McDevitt, whose gross pay last year, according to the university's salary database, was $88,610.
McDevitt, according to another university website, reports to Faye McCullough, the school's director of disbursements and travel, who was paid $124,748.
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