Tim Johnson, Free Press Staff Writer. Original article: April 11, 2014.
Nancy Mathews’ hiring as dean of the University of Vermont’s environmental school extends a pattern of externally recruited senior administrators’ stepping in to UVM positions at salaries higher than their predecessors’. The pay increment for Mathews is fairly small compared to those of some other upper-echelon hires in recent years. Her $190,000 salary compares to the $175,959 that interim dean Jon Erickson received last year and $177,500 for her predecessor, Mary Watzin, who left in the fall of 2012.
UVM’s administration has customarily contended that its upper-level administrative salaries are commensurate with those of peer institutions, and that UVM has to remain competitive in recruiting executive talent. That argument is largely borne out by a review of the annual salary survey done by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR), although there are some cases that diverge from the norm.
According to the 2014 survey, the median salary at doctoral institutions for “dean of forestry and environmental studies,” Mathews’ position, is $200,830. So, by that standard, her UVM salary is a bit on the low side.
Here are other examples of external hires, along with the 2014 median salaries for the respective positions at doctoral institutions, according to the CUPA-HR survey:
Provost David Rosowsky came from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and began work last August at a salary of $375,000. His predecessor, Jane Knodell, was earning $270,000 annually when she stepped down at the end of 2012.
Median provost salary: $302,841.
Luis Garcia (Colorado State) began serving as dean of of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences in August 2013 at a salary of $267,000. Interim Dean Bernard Cole had been earning $193,800. Domenico Grasso, the last permanent dean, was making $240,182 in 2005-06, before he was appointed vice president for research. Had Grasso remained in the dean’s position and received the same annual raises as mandated by faculty collective bargaining agreements, he would have been making about $278,000 this year.
Median salary of engineering dean: $275,000.
(Note: Grasso came to UVM from Smith College in 2005. His starting salary as engineering dean was $206,000, which compared to $152,973 that his predecessor, Robert Jenkins, received the previous year.)
Tom Sullivan (University of Minnesota) began serving as president in July 2012 at an annual salary of $417,000. That compared to $322,563 earned by his predecessor, Dan Fogel, in his last presidential year.
Sullivan’s current salary: $429,093. Median salary for CEO of a single institution: $425,000.
Antonio Cepeda-Benito (Texas A&M), began work as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in July 2012 at an annual salary of $250,000. That compares to $187,500 of interim dean Joel Goldberg in 2011-12 and $206,346 that dean Eleanor Miller received for a year of administrative leave after she stepped down from her annual salary of $192,280.
Cepeda-Benito’s current salary: $257,250. Median salary, dean of arts and sciences: $225,000.
Richard Bundy (Iowa State) was hired as UVM’s vice president for development and alumni relations at a salary of $260,000, starting in January 2011. Marcus Diamond, who filled that position from 2007 to 2009, had a starting salary of $255,000; and Kathleen Kelleher, who followed Diamond in an interim capacity, $200,000.
The development office has since been split off from UVM and been folded into the UVM Foundation, a separate, nonprofit entity, of which Bundy is president and CEO.
Bundy’s current salary: $275,000. Median salary for chief development/advancement officer: $248,373.
Sanjay Sharma (Concordia University) began serving as dean of the School of Business Administration in July 2011 at an annual salary of $320,000. That compared to $223,900 that interim dean Larry Shirland received in each of the previous two previous years and $223,900 that the last permanent dean, Rock-Lee DeWitt, received in 2009-10.
Sharma’s current salary: $335,866. Median salary, business dean: $293,096.
Chris Lucier (University of Michigan) began work as vice president of enrollment management in August 2007 at a salary of $185,000. He took over a reorganized enrollment-management operation, with redefined responsibilities. His predecessor, Lauck Parke, made $143,510 as vice president for undergraduate education.
Lucier is leaving UVM to assume a position with the same title at the University of Delaware. His current UVM salary: $220,412. Median salary, chief enrollment management officer: $171,652.
Frederick Morin (University of Buffalo) became dean of the College of Medicine in 2007 at a salary of $400,000. The salary of his predecessor who filled the position 2006-07, John Fogarty, is not listed in UVM base salary archive. A previous dean, John Evans, who stepped down in 2006, is listed in UVM records has having received $244,728 annually; whether that was supplemented by Fletcher Allen Health Care is unclear.
Morin’s current salary: $532,680. Median salary, medical dean: $501,350.
Bob Corran (University of Minnesota-Duluth), became director of athletics in 2003 at a salary of $140,000. His predecessor was Richard Farnham, who was paid $91,563 in 2002-03.
Corran’s current salary: $235,000. Median salary, chief athletics administrator: $238,736.