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Regents release details on new KU chancellor’s salary

Gray-Little will receive about 25 percent more than Hemenway

Newly appointed Kansas University chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little is welcomed by KU graduate Christopher Reine, Kansas City, Mo., on Saturday during Gray-Little’s introduction to the university community at the Kansas Union, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd. At right is Jeff Aube, who served as a member of the chancellor search committee and is a professor of medicinal chemistry at KU.

Newly appointed Kansas University chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little is welcomed by KU graduate Christopher Reine, Kansas City, Mo., on Saturday during Gray-Little’s introduction to the university community at the Kansas Union, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd. At right is Jeff Aube, who served as a member of the chancellor search committee and is a professor of medicinal chemistry at KU.

June 8, 2009, 3:12 p.m. Updated June 8, 2009, 9:53 p.m.

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KU selects Bernadette Gray-Little as 17th chancellor

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Kansas University’s new chancellor will receive about 25 percent more than outgoing Chancellor Robert Hemenway, the Kansas Board of Regents disclosed Monday afternoon.

Bernadette Gray-Little will receive a maximum of $425,000 per year, compared with Hemenway’s state-approved maximum of $340,352. The state contribution to the salary, however, remains the same: $267,177.

The difference, then, must be made up by private funds from the Kansas University Endowment Association. For Hemenway, private donors chipped in $73,175 per year. For Gray-Little, private sources will provide $157,823.

In addition to her salary, $25,000 per year will be set aside in a deferred compensation fund for Gray-Little, funds that will only be accessible to her upon completion of her tenure as chancellor, Regents spokesman Kip Peterson said.

The salary package lands in the middle of KU’s “peer institutions,” as provided by the Kansas Board of Regents. University of Iowa President Sally Mason, a former KU arts and sciences dean, leads the group at $450,000 per year, while University of Missouri-Columbia Chancellor Brady Deaton brings up the rear at $287,973.

KU Provost Richard Lariviere is in line to make $425,700 annually as the incoming president at the University of Oregon, the regents said. Lariviere, however, is expected to receive $114,300 in deferred compensation.

When deferred and other compensation, including expense accounts, are figured in, Lariviere leads the pack at $540,000 per year, and Gray-Little continues to be in the middle.

At the University of North Carolina, where she has served as provost and executive vice chancellor, Gray-Little’s salary for the current academic year is $350,000, according to a Charlotte Observer salary database for university employees.

Comments

KU_cynic 7 years, 1 month ago

First, Dr. Gray-Little is a bargain at $425K. Among her challenges will be obtaining the cancer center designation and initiating (and perhaps completing) a billion dollar fundraising campaign. If she leads KU to success in both dimensions she will have been worth every penny many times over.

Second, Hemenway was overpaid for the past several years, having received a generous endowment funded salary boost a few years ago -- in a year when faculty raises were otherwise minimal, I should add. Oh that we had ousted him and replaced him with Gray-Little a year ago (but we might have made the mistake of giving the reins to Lariviere, which would have been a big mistake; instead, it's Oregon's mistake).

Finally, in the MU system the system president -- whose state-provided residence is at Columbia -- is the big kahuna, and the institution-level chancellors like Brady Deaton are more like heads of government and not heads of state. In short, the KU chancellorship requires a broader set of skills to handle more responsibilities than the MU counterpart. It's not surprising, consequently, that the KU chancellor earns more than the MU chancellor. Also, Brady Deaton is a dweeb.

wordgenie8 7 years, 1 month ago

Brady Deaton deserves to bring up the rear with an even more modest salary than the LJ World cites: I personally can attest to his frightening incompetence and lack of ethics and honesty.

Confrontation 7 years, 1 month ago

This is such a waste of funds. There are many other people just as talented, who would work for a lot less pay. She shouldn't come in and make more than the last chancellor. Make her earn her keep.

davidsmom 7 years, 1 month ago

Confrontation - If you don't pay a competitive salary, you won't get a qualified person. Like it or not, we are blessed to get someone as good as her with only a middle-of-the-pack salary offer. I think you are wrong when you say equally talented people would take the job for a lot less money.

guesswho 7 years, 1 month ago

ummm, confrontation, how do you know there are others who would come in for less pay? How much less? It appears she is getting the market rate - she is in the middle of our peer institutions.

I agree these salaries may seem inflated, but being a CEO/chancellor/provost/dean, is really a 24/7/365 job. She will probably more then make up her salary with fund raising she is about to initiate, faculty she will attract and retain, etc.

She will 'earn her keep', as you so un-eloquently put it.

Danimal 7 years, 1 month ago

I think that everyone should remember that the Chancellor is a public servant and not a CEO. Guess what? President Obama doesn't make as much as the AD either. People that work for for-profit enterprises usually (and rightly) make more money than those in government. Until KU starts turning a profit, or at least making more money, I see no reason to give the Chancellor a raise.

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