Boat check? That’s a new one on UD. Looked it up and all, and found nothing. I think the writer must have meant blank check?

It’s from an article about how Rutgers University does things like give an administrator who lasted one year in his position “a $480,000 sabbatical” year. Rest and recovery after a job well done! Plus you promise not to tell everyone how filthy the school is, right? Cuz we gave you all that money?

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UPDATE: UD thanks Brian, a reader, for explaining “boat check” to her.

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4 Responses to ““Tuition dollars should be spent on students, not boat checks for administrators,” Pennacchio said. “It is completely unfair and unjust to ask taxpayers and students to continue to subsidize this kind of reckless spending.””

  1. Brian Ogilvie Says:

    The Car Talk guys used to joke about mechanics who would do unnecessary work and charge customers for it because it would cover their boat payments. I suspect that’s what was in the writer’s mind.

  2. Brian Ogilvie Says:

    Also, see this 2011 article: https://www.nj.com/ledgerlive/index.ssf/2011/05/public_employees_massive_sick.html

  3. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Thanks, Brian! I’ve updated the post. UD

  4. theprofessor Says:

    I got my first offer of a boat check last year. More like a rowboat-with-leaky-seams check.

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