Archive for Friday, September 22, 2006

Hemenway gets 4 percent raise

September 22, 2006


Robert Hemenway's career at KU

KU's 16th chancellor, Robert Hemenway, announced Dec. 8, 2008, that he would retire at the end of the current academic year. He's been chancellor for 14 years.

— Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway on Thursday was given a 4 percent pay raise, the same as the leaders at the other state research universities.

Hemenway's annual state salary now will be $250,519, up from $240,884, an increase of $9,635. If private endowment funds are available, the maximum he can earn is $319,280, also a 4 percent increase from last year.

The salaries were approved by the Kansas Board of Regents after a closed session. They take effect immediately and are retroactive to July 1, the start of the fiscal year.

Kansas State University President Jon Wefald and Wichita State President Don Beggs also received 4 percent pay increases.

"Our institutional leaders provide impressive leadership for their respective institutions," the regents said in a prepared statement.

The regents described the increases as modest and in line with what faculty received.

Regional university presidents received much larger percentage increases because their salaries have lagged behind their peers and the national average, the regents said.

"Those significant disparities have become even more apparent to the board during the course of its national search to recruit and hire an outstanding leader to serve as president at Emporia State University," the regents said.

Fort Hays State President Ed Hammond, Pittsburg State President Tom Bryant and newly appointed Emporia State President Mike Lane received raises ranging from 8.4 percent to nearly 10 percent.

Regents president and chief executive Reggie Robinson received a 6 percent pay raise.

Here are the salaries approved by the regents, along with their compensation cap:

¢ Hemenway, $250,519; cap of $319,280.

¢ Wefald, Kansas State, $239,599; cap of $296,400.

¢ Beggs, Wichita State, $209,683; cap of $260,000.

¢ Hammond, Fort Hays State, $190,000; cap of $210,000.

¢ Bryant, Pittsburg State, $190,000; cap of $210,000.

¢ Lane, Emporia State, $190,000; cap of $200,000.

¢ Robinson, regents president, $160,000; no cap.


Kuku_Kansas 11 years, 7 months ago

I wonder how Hemenway's salary compares to other Big XII and Big Ten schools.

Something tells me, he is grossly underpaid.

KS 11 years, 7 months ago

If he is happy with his compensatin and doing a good job, what difference does it make?

crono 11 years, 7 months ago

I wouldn't be surprised if he is grossly underpaid. Still, something in me wrinkles when the Provost cancels the $22,000 much-loved anti-plagiarism software for budgetary reasons, and then the Chancellor gets a nearly $10,000 raise.

KS 11 years, 7 months ago

At $250,000, a $10,000 increase will be lost in taxes. I could care less if he is underpaid, if he is doing a great job and happy, good for the taxpayer. I would be upset if he is overpaid and not doing a good job. Bad for the taxpayer. :)

cutny 11 years, 7 months ago

Yeah, boy...grossly underpaid...DOUBT IT!!! I have to say that it doesn't seem like the most stressful job in town...shake hands, smile, go to some lunches and dinner, live rent free in a beautiful with a full-time staff, which he does not pay out of his own pocket. Nice that there was some money left over for a raise after he took the anti-plagiarizing tool away from his staff of educators. Keep smiling're on the educational administrative gravy train.

newsreader 11 years, 7 months ago

He might be underpaid, but you can't tell me that he has to pay to live in that house right next to the University and I'm sure the University gives him and his wife cars to drive... as well as paying for a good share of his bills (food, etc)

yourworstnightmare 11 years, 7 months ago

Pay raises based on percent of income have always struck me as odd. While most faculty staff received the same pay raise in terms of percent, the gross dollar amounts are much larger for higher-paid employees.

Maybe there should be a system of pay raises based upon absolute amounts in units of maybe $500.

good_kitty 11 years, 7 months ago

What a joke!? luckily, us out-of-state students help with the pay raise.

Kontum1972 11 years, 7 months ago

the rest of us schmucks are grossly under-paid...the military is under-paid, but all those war-profiteers are doing well..esp the CEO for United Technologies makers of the blackhawk helicopters--200 million dollars a year....he threw his teenage daughter a birthday party that included aerosmith playing, cost of party 10 million dollars---priceless!!!

something is really wrong here sports fans... and they cant supply enough body armor....10 mil would buy some armor for a few of our soldiers....instead their loved ones are coughing up the cash for body armor....and they want to go to war with IRAN....DWIGHT EISENHOWER & HARRY TRUMAN R SPINNING IN THEIR GRAVE'S....

middleoftheroad 11 years, 7 months ago

good_kitty - A little clarification, that money doesn't come from KU, it comes from the state (which your tuition doesn't go towards) but the tax payers money does.

While I think Hemingway is deserving, it's discouraging to hear that he received 4% while a good majority of staff do not receive 4%.

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