University Presidents Are Out Of Touch With Ontario Voters

    Massive Salaries Blind Them to Tuition Fee Burden

    TORONTO, Sept. 7 /CNW/ - Students were disappointed to learn that the
Council of Ontario Universities, representing the province's university
presidents, is advocating for further financial barriers to students in the
form of higher tuition fees.
    "Instead of supporting the Council of Ontario Universities' campaign for
higher debt and higher tuition fees, we should look at the savings that could
be generated by cuts to the excessive salaries of senior administrators," said
Jen Hassum, Chairperson for the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario.
"University president's remuneration is part of a pattern of out-of-control
spending on senior university administrators."
    On August 29, the Ontario government revised and released the salaries of
Ontario university presidents in the 2007 Disclosure Report. The report shows
that the average annual salary of the top ten university presidents was over
$370,000 in 2006.
    "In Ontario, university presidents are veritable millionaires," said
Hassum. "They don't care about skyrocketing tuition fees and massive student
debt because they don't share the same financial reality as the vast majority
of Ontario families."
    According to the Federation, it would take University of Toronto
President David Naylor just under 4 work days to pay for an average year of
tuition fees for an arts and science student, while it would take an average
income earner roughly two full months to do the same. Waterloo's President
David Johnston would take less than 3.5 days.
    "We find it incredible that the presidents of our universities, who
massively out-earn average Ontarians, are actively campaigning to increase the
financial burden of tuition fees on middle-income families," said Hassum. "Not
only do we re-iterate our call for freezes and reductions in tuition fees, we
are calling on university presidents to support such measures, instead of
undermining them."

    The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario unites over 300,000 college
and university students from more than 35 students' unions throughout the

For further information:

For further information: Jen Hassum, Chairperson, CFS-Ontario: (416)
925-3825 or (416) 832-9073 (cell); Jesse Greener, Campaigns and Government
Relations Coordinator, (416) 925-3825 or (416) 301-5747 (cell)

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