“every single person except one”
A similar report just came out about Virginia. This is unsustainable.
The College Fix reports:
Of the 200 top-paid public employees in Arizona, 199 work in higher ed
A salary database of public employees in Arizona recently published by The Arizona Republic shows that, among the state’s top-200 earners, 199 of them work in higher education.
The database lists the salaries of more than 150,000 state employees across 21 agencies for the 2018 fiscal year. In the top 200, every single person except one on the list works for the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University or Maricopa Community Colleges.
Among the top ten, the top four earners are ASU’s and UA’s football and men’s basketball coaches, followed by a couple of deans and professors of medicine and surgery. The president of the University of Arizona also made the top ten.
Published in June, the database first caught the attention of Inside Higher Ed, which published an article titled “199 of Arizona’s 200 Top-Paid Officials Work in Higher Ed.”
“[Y]ou have to dig far deeper into the list before you find anyone who doesn’t work at a college or university: the first non-higher education employee to appear on the list is the city manager of Phoenix, at an annual salary of $314,000,” IHE reports. “By that point the list has touched many deans, some number of professors and lots more coaches at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona, plus a small handful of community college chancellors.”
The Republic reports that none of the coaches’ salaries are supported with public funds, but it also adds that the amounts listed for everyone on the list “are often just base salaries. Many top earners accrue significantly more income from bonuses and other funds.”
The highest-paid official is Michael Todd Graham, a former ASU football head coach, with a salary of $3.2 million.
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