The University of South Florida has cut millions from its budget and laid off staff, but still gave bonuses in January four high-level employees. The third highest bonus went to the university’s Ombuds, Les Miller. Miller, who also serves as the community relations director, earned a bonus of $6,500 on top of his $90,000 salary.
Miller defended the additional money and said that he had taken on “a tremendous increase in responsibility at the university.” He pointed of that he’s been in charge of a program to help students in danger of dropping out because of financial problems, in addition to other student and community relations programs over the past three years. (Tampa Bay Online.)
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