Pay raises again this year for Ga. college presidents

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Pay raises again this year for Ga. college presidents

The 5 highest compensated USG presidents for the upcoming fiscal year*:

1. Bud Peterson, Georgia Tech, $1.1 million

2. Mark Becker, Georgia State, $1.08 million

3. Jere Morehead, UGA, $820,254

4. Brooks Keel, Augusta University, $806,693

5. Arthur Dunning, Albany State University, $336,925

The 5 lowest compensated USG presidents for the upcoming fiscal year*:

1. East Georgia State College, Robert Boehmer, $218,066

2. Dalton State College, Margaret Venable, $224,128

3. Gordon State College, Max Burns, $224,476

4. Atlanta Metropolitan State College, Gary McGaha, $225,637

5. Georgia Southwestern State University, Charles Patterson, $237,060

* - The lists do not include Kennesaw State, Valdosta State and Georgia Southern universities; along with Bainbridge State and South Georgia State colleges, whose presidents are either retiring, being replaced or not returning in the upcoming fiscal year.

Source: University System of Georgia

Presidents at Georgia’s public colleges and universities will see their pay increase next year thanks to raises approved this week by the state’s Board of Regents.

The raises for fiscal 2017, which begins in July, range from 1.5 percent to 5 percent bumps in the presidents’ base salaries. The increases amount to between about $2,750 and $12,196 for the school leaders.

The raises, for the most part, are in line with Gov. Nathan Deal’s budget which included money for state employees to receive raises in July in the range of 3 percent.

“We are grateful for the support of the Governor and the Legislature for the merit-based pay raises for our employees,” University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby said in an emailed statement. “I am extremely proud of the work and contributions of all of our employees in the University System of Georgia, and I thank them for their service to our students and state.”

The modest raises come a year after boosts to the compensation — including salary and benefits — for presidents at Georgia Tech and Georgia State universities pushed their compensation to above $1 million.

Leaders at those institutions will see their pay increase a bit more, by 1.5 percent in July, pushing their total compensation, to $1.1 million and $1.079, respectively.

Presidents at Savannah State University and the University of North Georgia will see the largest percentage increase in their base salary, 5 percent. Three presidents — at the University of West Georgia, Fort Valley State and Georgia College and State universities will see their salary increase by 3 percent. Presidents at all other institutions will see 1.5 percent raises.

Check with with ajc.com later for more information on the presidents’ compensation.

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