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High-Dollar Doctor

Public relations people at UCSD got ahead of themselves last month in their haste to announce the arrival of a physician who was widely expected to become one of the university’s highest-paid professors. On February 26, UCSD posted a news release on its website that said Stanford researcher William C. Mobley would assume the helm of the medical school’s neurosciences department on April 1. “It takes a unique person, one with expertise in patient care, research and leadership, to direct this department,” the release quoted UCSD vice chancellor and med-school dean David Brenner as saying. “Bill Mobley is one of these rare people, and we expect him to play a key role both here at UC San Diego and within the area’s neurosciences community.”

A university insider says that Mobley, an expert in the neurobiology of Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease, was expected to earn an annual salary of more than a million dollars, along with benefits such as a subsidized mortgage for a house in La Jolla or Rancho Santa Fe.

But fat payouts like that have become politically incorrect in the wake of the state’s budget meltdown, and UC higher-ups are said to have intervened after the hiring was publicized and a reporter made subsequent inquiries. A regents’ official in Oakland declined any comment, referring all calls to the San Diego campus. After a Public Records Act request for details and amounts of Mobley’s compensation package, the big-salary deal was suddenly not so done. “While there was a news release stating that Dr. Mobley will begin his position April 1, UCSD is still in the process of hiring Dr. Mobley and anticipate a new start date of June 1,” according to an email last week from Linda Maczko of the university’s public records office. “Until the recruitment process has been completed, the records you have requested are being withheld from disclosure.”

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Public relations people at UCSD got ahead of themselves last month in their haste to announce the arrival of a physician who was widely expected to become one of the university’s highest-paid professors. On February 26, UCSD posted a news release on its website that said Stanford researcher William C. Mobley would assume the helm of the medical school’s neurosciences department on April 1. “It takes a unique person, one with expertise in patient care, research and leadership, to direct this department,” the release quoted UCSD vice chancellor and med-school dean David Brenner as saying. “Bill Mobley is one of these rare people, and we expect him to play a key role both here at UC San Diego and within the area’s neurosciences community.”

A university insider says that Mobley, an expert in the neurobiology of Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease, was expected to earn an annual salary of more than a million dollars, along with benefits such as a subsidized mortgage for a house in La Jolla or Rancho Santa Fe.

But fat payouts like that have become politically incorrect in the wake of the state’s budget meltdown, and UC higher-ups are said to have intervened after the hiring was publicized and a reporter made subsequent inquiries. A regents’ official in Oakland declined any comment, referring all calls to the San Diego campus. After a Public Records Act request for details and amounts of Mobley’s compensation package, the big-salary deal was suddenly not so done. “While there was a news release stating that Dr. Mobley will begin his position April 1, UCSD is still in the process of hiring Dr. Mobley and anticipate a new start date of June 1,” according to an email last week from Linda Maczko of the university’s public records office. “Until the recruitment process has been completed, the records you have requested are being withheld from disclosure.”

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Just how much money does it take to "motivate" people?

Research shows that after a certain point, the extra money means nothing. That point is well under a million dollars.

This nonsense has to stop. It's time for a maximum wage for those who work for the public. If you can't live on $100k, then it's time to scale back your lifestyle, not demand yet anther raise paid by the rest of us who are all cutting back in these hard times.

March 26, 2009

Maybe UCSD should confine the medical school curriculum to nuts and bolts medicine only, and leave the esoteric research to medical schools like USC and Stanford that can afford to pay million dollar salaries with private donations. As a taxpayer I could care less about Mobley's qualifications or his ability to boost UCSD's academic standing. If Mobley does not come to UCSD the body of scientific knowledge will not suffer. He will not quit medicine in a fit of pique and obtain employment at McDonald's flipping burgers. He will continue his research at another institution and California taxpayers will not be held hostage to his obscene and bloated salary demands. If Mobley receives his million dollar lucre, other members of the faculty will feel cheated and demand more money. There will be no end to it.

March 29, 2009

It's time for a maximum wage for those who work for the public. If you can't live on $100k, then it's time to scale back your lifestyle, not demand yet anther raise paid by the rest of us who are all cutting back in these hard times.

By Fred_Williams

Well put.

March 29, 2009

If Mobley receives his million dollar lucre, other members of the faculty will feel cheated and demand more money. There will be no end to it.

By Burwell

Exactly.

And is this not right out of the PD/FD play book??

City A says City X gets more money than us, City Y gets more benefits and City Z gets more vacation, therefore we should also get those perks.

Then the next year City X says the same thing and on it goes. A game of leap.

March 29, 2009

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