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When she returns to the classroom in fall, former UW-Whitewater Chancellor Beverly Kopper will earn nearly 50 percent more in salary than the chairwoman of the department where she will teach.
Kopper’s salary of $118,308 for the fall semester is:
UW-W provided the current salary figures of 15 faculty members in response to an open records request. They are nine-month salaries without benefits.
Kopper’s nine-month salary was cited in a Dec. 6 letter from UW System President Ray Cross to Kopper. The letter was released Dec. 17, the day Kopper announced her resignation.
The Dec. 6 letter says Kopper will earn her annual chancellor salary of $242,760 while she is on paid leave until the end of August.
Then she will teach four classes each semester of the 2019-20 school year as a tenured psychology professor, according to a work plan system officials released Monday in response to a separate open records request.
Morgan, the psychology department chairwoman, declined to comment. Morgan started at UW-W in 1996 after she got her doctoral degree from the University of Utah.
David Simmons, chairman of the university’s faculty senate, also declined to comment.
UW-W representatives did not respond to an email seeking comment.
In response to submitted questions, UW System spokesman Mark Pitsch released a statement Monday saying Kopper’s salary follows Board of Regents policy. It considers “years of service, previous salary as a faculty member, length of time served as an administrator, and other factors normally considered when setting faculty salaries.”
The $118,308 salary is based on the base salary for an average full psychology professor with equivalent degree and standing, according to the statement. System officials used the “average for Master’s Institutions per the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.”
The salary also includes annual base adjustments and $3,000 for each of Kopper’s nine years as an administrator.
In the statement, Pitsch said Kopper’s new salary is less than the one she earned as UW-W provost.
Kopper has not taught at UW-W, and she wrote in her work plan that she has “not been in the classroom or lab in over a decade.”
Kopper resigned after acknowledging she knew the Board of Regents wanted different leadership at UW-W. About six months before, Cross had banned Kopper’s husband, Alan “Pete” Hill, from campus after an investigation into multiple claims of sexual harassment.
Kopper did not announce the results of that investigation until September, just minutes after the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel received related documents from a records request.
When news broke that Kopper planned to resign, state Sen. Steve Nass, R-La Grange, said in a statement, “None of us should forget the healing that continues for the students and employees negatively impacted by the alleged conduct of Mr. Hill and the failure of top-level administrators to prevent these circumstances.”
A Nass representative did not respond to an email seeking comment Tuesday.
Before the fall semester, Kopper must prepare class syllabi, read assigned texts, create assignments and catch up on classroom technology, according to the system’s statement.
Then she is scheduled to teach four classes each semester. Some of them will be online.
Arielle L. Landing did a U-turn and rammed her SUV into a woman on an east-side Janesville street Oct. 6, 2017.
The victim went up onto the hood and fell to the pavement, where the SUV dragged her several feet before Landing drove away.
That act came from a “well of rage” she was unable to control, a prosecutor said Wednesday as Landing was sentenced in Rock County Court.
It was born of a horrible childhood, said her attorney Jason Sanders.
Sanders said Landing, 30, needs help for depression, drug abuse and related problems that she can get on probation. Sanders suggested five years of probation, to include a year in jail.
But Judge John Wood said the crime was so serious that he had to impose prison. He sent Landing to prison for four years followed by five years of extended supervision.
Wood said Landing was lucky she wasn’t facing a homicide charge. As it was, the victim suffered collapsed lungs, a bruised liver and fractures to the ribs, pelvis, collarbone, shoulder blade and arm.
The incident started outside Impact Confessions, where both women worked. The problem was a man with whom they both had some kind of relationship, Sanders said.
Landing pleaded guilty in October to aggravated battery.
As part of a plea agreement, charges of first-degree reckless injury by use of a dangerous weapon, hit-and-run involving great bodily harm and driving while revoked causing great bodily harm were dismissed, and the prosecution agreed to argue for no more than five years in prison.
Assistant District Attorney Katharine Buker recommended five years in prison plus five years of supervision.
“The offense itself shocks the conscience. It was egregious. The viciousness of it, the amount of harm actually caused to the victim, the potential harm. … If her head had hit anything at a different angle, she’d be dead,” Buker said.
Buker said she would have recommended a longer sentence if Landing’s criminal record was more extensive.
Landing was convicted of possession of marijuana in 2011 and intoxicated driving in 2017.
Landing cried or was near tears throughout much of the hearing Wednesday.
Sanders said Landing suffered abuse, abandonment, fear, instability, loss and loneliness during her upbringing.
“She had missing parents with drug addiction. She was cared for by family, to a degree, foster care. … She suffered the death of her brother from sickle-cell (anemia), the death of a significant other by drug overdose,” Sanders said.
“On a number of statistical levels, she should have committed way more crime,” Sanders said. “There are a lot of factors in her upbringing that indicate that she should have been in violent situations, getting multiple arrests; she should have been in drug court in her 20s.”
But she avoided that until that day in 2017 when Landing and a former friend fought, Sanders said.
“She was assaulted. She had her hair ripped from her head. She blacked out, and she did something incontrovertibly stupid, dangerous and frightening,” Sanders said.
Sanders noted that an evaluation by the state Department of Corrections found a low probability that Landing would reoffend.
“She needs counseling. She needs (drug and alcohol) treatment,” Sanders said.
Wood agreed Landing needs help, but he said she can get that help starting in prison and then during the five years of supervision.
Landing apologized, saying “I never wanted to cause nobody that type of pain. I’m sorry for the pain her mom and sister had to go through, watching it, not knowing if she was going to be OK. … I hurt a lot of people, and that was never my intentions.”
Wood said the victim has been depressed and unable to return to work.
Wood noted Landing’s childhood included marijuana use starting at age 8 or 9.
“It’s a sad commentary on our community, … We basically are setting our kids up for failure when we introduce our kids to those kinds of drugs at such early ages,” Wood said.
Wood noted Landing’s mental health problems and said because she has not been treated for them, she is not a good risk to be released into the community.
Sanders had said Landing has not had insurance or money to pay for counseling.
Landing leaves three children, ages 11, 9 and 3, to be cared for by family. Wood said those children are victims of Landing’s acts, as well.