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story.lead_photo.caption FILE — University of Arkansas chancellor Joseph Steinmetz is shown in this 2017 file photo. ( NWA Democrat-Gazette file photo / J.T. Wampler)

Joe Steinmetz, top campus administrator for the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, received his first salary increase since starting as chancellor in 2016 after a board of trustees vote Tuesday.

Steinmetz now earns annual compensation of $714,000 after a raise in his salary to $464,000 from $450,000.

The 3.1% increase in salary goes along with annual deferred compensation of $250,000 for Steinmetz.

In the past, Steinmetz has turned down a salary increase, UA spokesman Mark Rushing has said.

Information released by other universities to the Democrat-Gazette shows variations in pay for top campus leaders.

Alexander Cartwright began August 2017 as top campus administrator for the University of Missouri with annualized pay of $485,000, not including $25,000 yearly to be paid out if he remains as chancellor until June 30, 2022, according to a May 2017 offer letter.

F. King Alexander began in 2013 as top campus administrator for Louisiana State University and also as the top leader for the LSU System. He is paid a salary of $618,000 after getting a raise in October from his previous salary of $600,000, spokesman Ernie Ballard said.

Michael Young began May 2015 as top campus administrator for Texas A&M University. He is paid a base compensation of $1 million and in 2018 also was paid out formerly deferred compensation in the amount of $652,678, plus additional compensation of about $230,000 related to bonuses, special event compensation and other compensation, according to spokesman Kelly Brown.

The University of Arkansas board of trustees also approved pay increases and salaries for other employees during a teleconference meeting.

Among academic leaders receiving pay increases are two UA deans, Todd Shields and Peter MacKeith.

Shields, dean of the UA J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences since 2014 after serving several months as interim dean, now earns a salary of $300,444, up from $273,131, a 10% raise.

MacKeith, dean of the UA Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design since 2014, now earns a salary of $274,839, up from $249,854, a 10% raise.

MacKeith and Shields have been reappointed as deans for five-year terms, UA spokesman Steve Voorhies said.

Other academic administrators and faculty received smaller pay increases, including Chancellor Emeritus G. David Gearhart, a professor after serving as UA chancellor from 2008-15.

Gearhart now earns a salary of $289,631, up from $283,591, an increase of 2.1%.

Jim Coleman, UA's provost and executive vice chancellor, now earns a salary of $321,484, up from $315,180, an increase of 2%. Coleman also receives a $12,000 car allowance.

Metro on 07/10/2019

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  • MBAIV
    July 10, 2019 at 7:15 a.m.

    If all those starving administrators can just hold on for a few more years, the Democratic Socialist will make college free for everyone -- and it'll be the "sky's the limit" for their pay increases. After all -- it'll be free money.
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    As it stands now, we play musical chairs with salaries - each university/state checks around - gives their folks a raise - pass the ball to the next state who is now behind the curve - that state gives a raise - pass the ball . . . . fun game if you are near the top of the food chain. Perpetual raises.

  • Thought
    July 10, 2019 at 8:46 a.m.

    Pay me $200,000 plus a year, and I'll never ask for a raise the rest of my life. Heck, I consider my pay great, and I'm not anywhere close to that. Also, comparing salaries between states is apples to oranges considering the difference in cost of living between them. Thank goodness the tuition cost rose in the UofA system AGAIN this year so they could afford to pay those administrative paupers who are suffering so badly.

  • NWAGrandma
    July 10, 2019 at 9:43 a.m.

    These admin salaries are outrageous when there are college students working two jobs year 'round (or living in their car--see below) to pay the equally outrageous tuition AND additional fees that are always tacked on. And don't even get me started about the high cost of text book purchase or rental!!

    I once had a student in class who drove his old car from Berryville at dawn on Monday, lived in said car, bathed as best he could in a restroom at Beaver Lake, stayed in college buildings from early morning until closing time and finally would return home on Thursday afternoon. He did this in hottest weather and coldest weather.

    Now think again about the generous administrative salaries and dean-of-college salaries!!

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    July 10, 2019 at 9:53 a.m.

    miollionaires in the holla

  • Rascal54
    July 10, 2019 at 11:24 a.m.

    It’s a nationwide market for faculty and administrators. We may think the salaries are high, and they are, but AR needs good administrators to have good universities.

    You cant hire good people without paying market value. We don’t have to like the market, but it is what it is.

  • MBAIV
    July 10, 2019 at 12:23 p.m.

    RASCAL54 - you ignored two items mentioned in previous posts. 1) My musical chairs (and I've seen it live and in color - including just getting a letter from a pal at another university offering a higher salary - just take the letter to the big boss and get a raise --- then write a letter for your pal...) and 2) the cost of living in Arkansas (it doesn't cost as much even in NWA as it does in CA or NY or most other areas - so it may be a nationwide market - but it has to be adjusted for locale). It's the higher ed version of the one-percenters' game.

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