College Coach Salary vs. College President Salary
There is more salary news out west. The dailyutahchronicle.com reports that University of Utah President Michael Young now earns the highest college president salary in the state. Young was awarded a 5 percent increase by the Utah State Board of Regents, bringing his annual salary up to $320,000. That salary reportedly is in addition to Young's retirement funds, his Mercedes, and a home in an affluent neighborhood, which are all part of his compensation package.
Young was not the only one to get a raise. Salary increases for the rest of university and college presidents in Utah (approved on June 20th) range from 3.5 to 7 percent. These raises are part of an effort to bring Utah college salaries closer to the national average, which is reportedly close to $350,000. But Young and the rest of the university presidents lag far behind Kyle Whittingham, head football coach of the University of Utah; he reportedly earned around $690,000 in 2006.
University of Iowa Salaries
Over in Iowa, globegazette.com reports that another college president salary is going up. Newly-appointed University of Iowa president Sally Mason will earn a base salary of $450,000. The State Board of Regents says her salary reflects the kind of pay needed to attract top candidates. Regent Bob Downer says that more salaries may be increased at Iowa universities, including ISU President Gregory Geoffroy who currently earns an annual salary of $323,307. Regent David Miles, the State Board President pro tem, says that keeping university presidential salaries "competitive" is important.
The Chronicle of Higher Education report (a study released in November of 2006) reported that more and more college presidents are earning at least $500,000 in salary. The report said that 42 public university presidents earned a salary of more than $500,000 in 2006-07; an increase of 23 presidents from the year before. The report added that the median pay package for public university presidents this year was $374,846, a 4 percent increase. It would appear that higher education definitely pays.
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Dr. Al Lee