Education: Raiders in The Groves of Academe

With bucks and boons, universities hijack rival faculty stars

The salary and perks at Rutgers sounded fat: nearly $100,000 a year, plus $1 million for equipment to use in a spanking new physics building. So why stay at the University of Pennsylvania for half the money? Physicist Torgny Gustafsson, 41, didn't. He jumped, murmuring, "I couldn't wish for anything better."

Neither could University of Kansas Sociologist Jill Quadagno, who doubled her salary and got a lush travel allowance when she switched this fall to Florida State University. It was also -- in the trade's patois -- a "two- cushioned" slot, with a job for her physiologist husband David. "We just...

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