Outrageous

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Oct 23, 2015 in Unsolicited Commentary | Subscribe

From the News & Observer:

Spellings’ salary near the top for public university leaders

By Lynn Bonner | lbonner@newsobserver.com

Margaret Spellings will be one of the highest paid public university administrators in the nation when she takes over the UNC system in March.

With a starting base salary of $775,000, she will make more than outgoing UNC System President Tom Ross, who earns $600,000 a year.

Spellings will have the opportunity to earn money on top of her salary by meeting performance goals she and the Board of Governors agree to. She will also be eligible for salary increases with each annual job evaluation.

For comparison:

  • When Molly Broad retired as President of the UNC system in 2006 she was making $312K.

  • The Board of Governors then hired Erskine Bowles at $425K, but he donated $125K of it to a scholarship fund (since the guy was already wealthy).

  • After Erskine retired in 2010, despite the intervening recession, Tom Ross was brought in at $500K — then given a 1-year boost to $600K when the BOG decided to fire him last year.

And now we have Spellings at $775K.

From a nearly-all-Republican, ostensibly “conservative” Board.

Appointed by a Republican-controlled, ostensibly “conservative” General Assembly.

Now I’m not that great at math,1 but by my count that’s a 148% increase in less than a decade. In-state tuition at NC State has gone up 72% in that same time frame ($4,783 to $8,206.16).

Meanwhile, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, North Carolina families’ average annual wages have only gone up just 20% over that same period: from $37,439 to $44,973. And that’s not adjusted for inflation or increases in the cost of living.

Something is seriously wrong here y’all…

  1. I’m a lawyer for a reason 😉 []

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