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Kansas regents looking at salaries of school chief executives

September 8, 2011


State higher education officials are looking at whether the salaries of chief executive officers at the regents universities are competitive.

“We want to make sure we can attract the best people,” Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Ed McKechnie of Arcadia said Thursday.

The board is trying to fill the vacancy of president at Emporia State University.

“We’re just studying everything,” he said. The board will make a decision later this year on salary issues.

The board held a closed-door session on Wednesday on the issue of chief executive salaries.

The board has not granted salary increases to the heads of regents schools since 2009 as the state has struggled with the recession.

Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little is paid $267,177 by the state and has a salary cap of $425,000. The difference is made up by private funds from the Kansas University Endowment Association. This is the level she was hired at in 2009.

Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz makes $255,298 with a total salary cap of $350,000. Donald Beggs, the president of Wichita State, makes $223,391 with a cap of $277,160. Fort Hays State President Ed Hammond and Pittsburg State President Steven Scott each make $202,593. Hammond’s cap is $223,860, while Scott’s is $213,200. The last Emporia State president, Michael Lane, made $202,540 with a cap of $213,200.

Andy Tompkins, president and chief executive officer of the Kansas Board of Regents, makes $185,000 with a cap of $197,000.


jmadison 6 years, 3 months ago

What's the total package price--housing, health insurance, life insurance, transportation, etc., for the various chief executives?

wastewatcher 6 years, 3 months ago

The record shows that salaries are more than competitive. How many university leaders have we lost to another position in the last several decades? They all stay until they retire , so the job must be well compensated. McKechnie always has been a big spender of other peoples money, look at his record in the legislature. Remember we just hired three new leaders without any real difficulty.

Thinking_Out_Loud 6 years, 3 months ago

The record shows nothing of the sort. Chancellor Budig (KU) didn't stay until he retired. President Lane (ESU) and President Schallenkamp (ESU) both have been forced out by malcontent alumni. Warren Armstrong was forced out of Wichita State by falling enrollment. Pittsburg State's previous president lasted barely five years. Duane Acker (KSU) left for a federal appointment.

Crazy_Larry 6 years, 3 months ago

You do realize that being 'forced out by malcontent alumni" is not leaving because of the wage rate, don't you? And Gene Budig was the chancellor of the University of Kansas from 1980-1994. He stayed for 14 years, so their must've been some sort of parity in payment. Or was he ready to retire? Active in the Air National Guard, Budig retired at the rank of Major General in 1992. And leaving for federal appointment doesn't point to low wages as a cause. Your argument is full of holes.... These folks, like CEOs of major corporations, are all over-paid.

Thinking_Out_Loud 6 years, 3 months ago

My only point was that wastewatcher is incorrect: they don't all stay until they retire. Calm down.

Crazy_Larry 6 years, 3 months ago

Calm down! Calm DOWN!!! Tell that to the voices in my head...(Zyprexa helps)

IrishCat 6 years, 3 months ago

I don't even know how to address this about the little people at KU? the backbone of employees that work their butts off to make sure that everything on campus runs smoothly? They haven't gotten a raise since 2009 either and they are struggling to put food in their kid's mouths or pay the rent. They are the ones that need a raise, not the chief executives...good grief!

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