Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Mr. Closius’ central complaint is that the University withheld 45% of the School of Law’s revenue in the past academic year. In fact, in 2010, the year cited in the recent ABA site visit report, the University retained 13.7% of law revenue centrally, after allocating costs related to the law school’s regular operation.
Using the 2010 data referenced in the ABA report, 42% of law school revenue was retained centrally in 2010 prior to the allocation of general operating costs. The law school’s operating costs for 2010 – all expenses attributable to the School’s operation that are routinely absorbed centrally, including those related to basic functions such as human resources, technology, heat, light, security, etc. – amounted to approximately $9.97 million. After these costs are allocated for 2010, the School of Law had 13.7% of its revenues retained centrally. UB’s 13.7% is well below the 20–25% national law school average cited in the School of Law’s 2010 self-study report, is considerably below the 25–30% referenced by Mr. Closius from a recent New York Times article, and represents the lowest percentage among UB’s schools and colleges. ...
The decision to seek new leadership for the UB School of Law involved considerable thought around multiple issues during an extended period of time. The ultimate decision was not about financial matters. Although management of University finances was one area of conflict between Mr. Closius and the University, it was not the only area of conflict. I am unable to discuss confidential personnel matters, and unfortunately I cannot provide full details concerning this matter. I can assure you that, based upon many conversations during the past few months, including conversations the provost and I had with approximately a dozen senior law faculty members, select alumni and UB Foundation officials, the overwhelming conclusion was that a change in leadership was in the best interests of the School of Law and the University of Baltimore.
Dean Closius denies the university's numbers in this email:
Revenue: $ 23,396,681
Total Tuition and Fees (including summer): $7,472,747
Law School Share of State Subsidy (University calculation accepted by law): $35,869,428
FY10 Law School Budget (including summer – this is 55.6% of total revenue): $10,000,000
Total Direct/Indirect University Costs Attributable to the Law School (from University – no backup data has been provided to verify – 27.87% of total revenue): $5,923,815
Law Funds Used for Non-Law Purposes (16.51% of total revenue)
The 25%-30% referenced in my email includes Direct and Indirect University Costs and any Law Funds Used for Non-law purposes. I know of no school paying as high as 16.5% for non-law purposes, never mind 25%-30% for such funds. We would be within this national framework if the University only charged us $10,000,000 and the law school budget was $5,923,815 higher.
- Letter From University of Baltimore President
- ABA Journal, Is Baltimore Law School a Cash Cow? University President Disputes Ousted Dean’s Figures
- Above the Law, University of Baltimore Tries To Keep The Devil Way Down In The Hole
- Baltimore Sun, University of Baltimore President Responds to Ousted Law Dean
- National Law Journal, University President Responds to Charges by Ousted Dean; Students Rally