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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

New honcho at "Let's Make a Deal - Portland State"

The real estate development company formerly known as Portland State University has a new financial vice president. Her name is Monica Rimai, and she comes to Portlandia from the State University of New York, where she was the chief operating officer. She was at SUNY for just a year and a half; she was reportedly making $325,000 a year there, along with (for a while) a $60,000-a-year housing allowance, which apparently she gave up after a nasty flap arose about how much she and some other bigwigs were being paid. She also reportedly had a company car and, get this, a hired driver! Rimai reportedly earned $300,000 a year in another brief stint, as acting president of the University of Cincinnati. No word yet on what she'll make at PSU. Perhaps she'll go by streetcar.

Interestingly, she's not a lifelong bean-counter -- she's a University of Michigan-trained lawyer. In her spare time she climbs mountains. At one point she was a federal prosecutor. Given the way money sloshes around in Portland real estate circles these days -- with Portland State right in the thick of it -- that latter experience could come in mighty handy.

Comments (7)

That photo is creeptastic.

Blago's jealous of her hair...

“There is...an artificial aristocracy founded on wealth and birth, without either virtue or talents.... The artificial aristocracy is a mischievous ingredient in government, and provisions should be made to prevent its ascendancy.”

Thomas Jefferson quotes (American 3rd US President (1801-09). Author of the Declaration of Independence. 1762-1826)

"Nouveau Riche"

... thanks Tom, but it's too late.

She kinda reminds me of this Chris Farley character:


"Nouveau Riche"

More like "Old Money", I believe.

I have no experience with either, alas.

“PSU is growing in terms of its research, its footprint, its enrollment, and its reputation,” Rimai said in a news release. “It is also a leader among urban-serving research universities in terms of bringing its talent and expertise to bear upon the issues and opportunities that drive the agendas of great cities such as Portland. I look forward to being a part of the PSU team, and the challenges this opportunity will bring.”

...that drive the agendas of great cities such as Portland?

I am very leery of this relationship between the City of Portland and PSU.
Hope they are not propagandizing and training the students to move our "great" Portland ideas to other cities! I have told some who I know that live in other cities that if they hear anything about Portland and pursuing our agenda, to run the other direction.

What is Rimai's salary here?

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