I don’t mean to intrude on Paul’s beat, but in case he’s too shell-shocked by yesterday’s Broncos game to comment immediately, I thought it was worth noting that the very richly compensated John O’Brien and the particularly egregious c
on he’s running law school he heads are getting some mainstream press attention:
New England Law, Boston has operated in the shadows of the region’s more prestigious law schools for decades, trailing so far behind in some measures of excellence that US News & World Report does not include the downtown campus in its widely read ranking of 145 better law schools in the nation.
Yet the school’s longtime dean, John F. O’Brien, may be the highest paid law school dean in America, pocketing more than $867,000 a year in salary and benefits, including a “forgivable loan” that he used to buy a Florida condominium.
“It’s a remarkable sum to pay a dean of a law school, never mind the dean of a bottom-ranked law school,” said Brian Z. Tamanaha, a law professor and the author of “Failing Law Schools,” a 2012 book critical of the nation’s legal education system.
O’Brien is paid about as much as the president of Harvard University and more than three times the median salary of law school deans nationally, says a study by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. Indeed, New England Law could not name a single law school dean in the country who makes more than O’Brien.
Update [PC]: I’ll have quite a bit more to say about the friends of John O’Brien soon.