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U of I pays 'inspiration officer' $112K for 9-month contract

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MOSCOW, Idaho. - Public records show the University of Idaho is paying a Minnesota consultant who spends less than two weeks a month on the Moscow campus $112,500 to serve as its "chief inspiration officer."

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports the university signed a contract with Magaly Rodriguez last year, paying her $12,500 a month as part of a nine-month contract that expires in June.

Schools officials say the workshops conducted by Rodriguez have helped save programs, but some faculty are criticizing the contract that was signed during the same budget year the school was forced to cut about $3.8 million.

University provost Doug Baker says the independent consultant is helping the university adopt its strategic plan and Rodriguez is worth the expense.

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