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Retirement, benefits push UH leaders' pay past $500,000

By Star-Advertiser staff & Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:28 p.m. HST, May 16, 2013

Deferred compensation and other benefits push the pay package for University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple past the half-million dollar mark.

Apple earns more in total compensation than the retiring Greenwood, according to a survey of public university president’s pay released Sunday.

 The Chronicle of Higher Education survey adds deferred compensation plans to the base salary to come up with a total compensation pay package. Deferred compensation plans, meant as retention incentives, give executives a lump sum after a specified number of years on the job.

Both leaders' pay packages are above the median of $441,392, for public university presidents.

According to the survey, Apple's total pay in 2011-2012 was $504,859, which includes $65,851 in retirement pay. Greenwood's base pay of $427,512 is supplemented by $64,127 in retirement benefits for a total package of $491,639. Greenwood also gets a housing allowance of $60,000 a year and a car allowance of $3,912, which would put her total package at $551,551. Apple receives a $3,312 annual car allowance.

Apple was the 75th highest-paid public university president out of 191 institutions surveyed. Greenwood ranked 79th.

Former UH Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw made $396,612 in 2011-12. Her deferred compensatoin was $51,732 in addition to her base pay of $344,880. She also received $24,000 in a housing allowance and $3,312 in an annual car allowance. She was the 131st highest paid university chief executive.

Four university presidents made more than $1 million, according to the survey.

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier was the highest paid public college president of 2011-12 when he was forced out over his handling of the sex abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

The Chronicle of Higher Education's annual ranking of public college presidents' earnings said Spanier's $2.9 million pay, which included $1.2 million in severance and $1.2 million in deferred compensation, put him well ahead of his peers when he left Penn State in November 2011.

Former Florida A&M University President James Ammons also saw his place on the earning list rise amid scandal. He ranked 11th at $781,000 after collecting $422,000 in severance and bonuses when he resigned in the wake of the hazing death of a marching band member.

Other  public higher education chief executives making more than $1 million were Auburn University President Jay Gogue, who received $2.5 million; E. Gordon Gee of Ohio State University, who earned $1.9 million; and now-retired George Mason University's Alan Merten, whose total pay plus benefits and deferred compensation totaled $1.87 million.

A separate analysis of the pay of private college presidents released by the Chronicle in December found 36 leaders received $1 million or more in 2010. The numbers are older because of lag time in the release of the federal tax information on which they are based.

The public college data is based on a survey of institutions. It analyzed compensation of 212 presidents at 191 public research institutions. The leaders outnumbered institutions because the survey included those whose tenures began or ended during the fiscal year.

CLARIFICATION: The state contributed $64,127 to University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood’s state retirement plan in addition to her base pay of $427,512.

An earlier version of this story characterized the payment as deferred compensation, instead of a retirement benefit. Greenwood’s total compensation, including the retirement contribution, is $555,551, not $501,551 as earlier reported.

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allie wrote:
Neither one was worth an above average salary. Please make better choices! We students are suffering in Manoa!
on May 12,2013 | 02:27PM
Venus1 wrote:
What are your credentials??? Please post them....then 'trash' everyone...
on May 12,2013 | 02:49PM
Naloboy wrote:
An opinion is not the same as "trashing." Stop the BS.
on May 12,2013 | 03:47PM
Nevadan wrote:
What are your credentials?
on May 12,2013 | 04:06PM
slc3755 wrote:
Since when does one have to have academic credentials to state the obvious? You 're probably one of those academic snobs who think that those with no letters after their name are just not qualified to pass judgment on all of those "academic super stars" that run the University.
on May 12,2013 | 04:10PM
BRock wrote:
How are the students suffering? If you really are a student and you are not happy you may leave anytime you want.
on May 12,2013 | 03:10PM
Naloboy wrote:
And you're in a position to tell others what to do because....................? Even people who disagree with you have a right to challenge how public institutions are run.
on May 12,2013 | 03:48PM
Nevadan wrote:
If you never paid college tuition, you don't understand students suffering.
on May 12,2013 | 04:27PM
ponowai wrote:
Suffering? I know several people going to UH Mania never heard anyone mention suffering. I think you are a chronic complainer. If you are suffering, you are free to leave.
on May 12,2013 | 03:10PM
Naloboy wrote:
If you've never heard of UH students suffering, try paying their student loan debt for having to spend 5 years to get a 4 year degree because the school is run so poorly that there aren't enough critical classes to handle the enrollment and graduation requirements. Maybe your a Punahou rich person....most UH students are not. And tuition for an extra year is only the beginning. Stop trying to minimize the problems others suffer just because you don't suffer yourself.
on May 12,2013 | 03:51PM
Wonderful_World wrote:
Student loan debt is prevalent all over, not only at UH. If you are that unhappy, you could go to a WUE college & pay the same tuition rate as UH.
on May 12,2013 | 04:15PM
d_r wrote:
Other than salary, what is your beef with Apple? For example, in what ways does he fail to measure up to his predecessors?
on May 12,2013 | 03:12PM
Anonymous wrote:
Plus the campus needs lot of work. Over paid administrators is not where the money should be going.
on May 12,2013 | 04:26PM
Pocho wrote:
Hawaii gets ripped off again. When will they learn?
on May 12,2013 | 06:11PM
MANDA wrote:
Our poor little state. We're suckers for the look of the "big time."
on May 12,2013 | 02:46PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
The Board of Regents should be dismissed for paying premium salaries for mediocre administrators .....hiring these people who have a history of questionable performance while the taxpayers and the students struggle to bear the burden. Not good business sense and certainly not the best bang for the buck.
on May 12,2013 | 02:46PM
Venus1 wrote:
More trash....from the media...
on May 12,2013 | 02:49PM
Skyler wrote:
Overpaid for underperformance. What's new?
on May 12,2013 | 03:22PM
Naloboy wrote:
That's funny since UH is well below median and/or average in just about every imaginable category. Just like everything else in Hawaii Government---SCREWED UP!!!!
on May 12,2013 | 03:45PM
GrLan21 wrote:
Tom Apple is doing a terrible job! When are the UH Regents going to hire someone who is good and competent! We need a real leader to lead UH. We need a real leader to lead our UH System too!
on May 12,2013 | 03:53PM
d_r wrote:
OK, I asked above and I'll ask again: other than salary, what is your beef with Apple? What do you mean by "terrible job"? For example, in what ways does he fail to measure up to his predecessors? I keep seeing him trashed here in the S-A basement, but I'm curious what he's done in his short time here to rile everyone up so much?
on May 12,2013 | 04:59PM
Nevadan wrote:
A HS kid with common sense would not have made the blunder he made in Wonder Blunder!!
on May 12,2013 | 05:19PM
d_r wrote:
You mean that thing that happened before he started working here?
on May 12,2013 | 06:56PM
ValleyOhana wrote:
I volunteer at the university and would agree that the students suffer from misguided programs and facilities. To see the administrators paid so highly, it's frustrating cause their results don't measure up or provide true worth. There certainly is a lack of institutional pride on campus save for the efforts of few dedicated individuals. This university is cultivating our future leaders. They deserve better.
on May 12,2013 | 04:15PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Not their fault. The State agreed to those salaries. Blame the State!
on May 12,2013 | 04:42PM
connie wrote:
Worth it. See how many students graduate UHawaii System (not only Manoa, but Hilo and Community College system, and West Oahu) every year. Results are there. Look at the diversity of graduates across all campuses. Its pretty amazing to me what the UHawaii producers. Yes, lots of room for improvement in the UHawaii system, but looks like everyone is engaged in making things better. Up and down battle, but battle on.
on May 12,2013 | 05:53PM
localguy wrote:
It seems like every week there is another report of UH Manoa's dysfunctional bureaucracy wasting more and more of taxpayer's and student tuition money, making an education at UH far too expensive. UH bureaucrats just don't get it, they have no concern for being good stewards of funds they are given, spending like drunken bureaucrats. Clearly there needs to be top to bottom management reform to save money. As a start, no car or housing allowance, no follow-on cush job or paid sabbatical - when your time is over, take your Roth 401k and the Wiki Wiki bus to the airport, thank you for your service. Who is next? Dump this entitlement attitude now pervading UH bureaucrats and start thinking about taking care of students. What a debacle at UH, clearly nothing learned from decades of bad management, just the same ole, same ole.
on May 12,2013 | 06:17PM
808warriorfan wrote:
HEY TOM APPLE.....when MRC leaves, please go w/ her and while you're at it take the BOR too !!!!!
on May 12,2013 | 06:41PM
kertime wrote:
You might want to look at this article about Greenwood... http://www.sfgate.com/education/article/No-2-official-at-UC-quits-suddenly-University-2562136.php Who needs to do their homework?
on May 12,2013 | 08:10PM
Tilac wrote:
I would just like to see what these people have as their accomplishments to justify their salary. I'm tired of just comparing their salaries to other universities; that tells you nothing about their worth. If memory serves me right Greenwood had issues in her last job.
on May 12,2013 | 06:56PM
kertime wrote:
You might find it interesting to look at this link- I think some of our UH admin's have gamed the system elsewhere... (search the article for Hinshaw)- the med school seems to find positions for these admin types? http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/05/03/MNGTUIJNTJ1.DTL&ao=all
on May 12,2013 | 07:50PM
harley1 wrote:
Going out on a very skinny limb here, but say they are 'worth' what they are paid. Then why is is so hard for them to pay for their own vehicle and housing out of their ginormous salaries? Why do they deserve an 'extra' allowance for a car or home?
on May 12,2013 | 07:41PM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
How can government employees possibly survive on a salary of only $500,000.00
on May 12,2013 | 07:47PM
localguy wrote:
Good report about hign compensation to CEOs and others: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-05-02/disclosed-the-pay-gap-between-ceos-and-employees#r=hpf-s Look at the ratio between CEOs and line workers, some over 200 times, others even higher. When is enough, enough? Overpaid, under worked, not held accountable for failure. Sad.
on May 12,2013 | 07:49PM
redneckMT wrote:
What a rip off.
on May 12,2013 | 08:07PM
kertime wrote:
Homework assignment: read about Greenwood's past http://www.sfgate.com/education/article/No-2-official-at-UC-quits-suddenly-University-2562136.php ... then read (look for Hinshaw): http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/05/03/MNGTUIJNTJ1.DTL&ao=all ... How the med school takes on these admin types who researched/published some twenty years ago, and at their salaries, is "new math"? By the way, Greenwood's name on the entry to the new cancer research building... where are the donors' names who out-gave her and her significant other?
on May 12,2013 | 08:18PM
HD36 wrote:
Since 2006 the top 5% of the population in terms of net worth had an increase of 29% while the rest saw a decrease of around 11%. The income gap disparity in the United States is the highest of any developed country. Unfortunately this also happens to be the number one ingredient for civil unrest. When the money stops flowing to the man on the street, blood starts flowing.
on May 12,2013 | 08:20PM
BRock wrote:
Provincial thinking.
on May 12,2013 | 08:21PM
nitpikker wrote:
wow! what a bunch of academic powerhouses!!! and now you can add u.h. to the list!!!
on May 12,2013 | 08:30PM
scooters wrote:
Say, just how can you apply for a job like this?
on May 12,2013 | 08:31PM
dbrown987 wrote:
Is this really news? Honolulu is one of the most expensive cities to live in the U.S., so employers in here need to pay their employees more. UH is not immune from this standard. They're still in the middle of the pack of school administrators of the country.
on May 12,2013 | 09:00PM
Wazdat wrote:
WHY do we pay these LOSERS so much for so LITTLE. WOW no wonder this state is so MESSED UP.
on May 12,2013 | 09:10PM
HD36 wrote:
No proof, but I think they belong to some elite group that comes from rich families that help eachother get these kinds of jobs. Like they say, it's no what you know, it's who you know. Unfortunately, I thought that mainly applied to the Mafia.
on May 12,2013 | 09:58PM
brb905 wrote:
The issue of University Executive pay is a complex one. There are many factors that go into determining what a University Executive's compensation package should be. Such factors include market value, school size, cost of living, etc.. Averages and Median compensation data mask the wide variability in compensation packages. The StarAdvertiser needs to do a better job of telling this story rather than just writing a story to sell newspapers and influence public opinion. To do a service for the community, the StarAdvertiser should obtain a list of UH and UHM's peer institution and conduct an analysis of their executive compensation packages and determine if UH/UHM is out of whack. I suspect they will find it is not. The corporate world understands that talent costs money. Granted, critics of this issue have reason to complain given the quality of talent brought to UH/UHM over the past ten years, but we shouldn't throw the baby out with the bath water until we conduct an insightful and valid analysis.
on May 13,2013 | 12:37AM
Ronin006 wrote:
President, Chancellor, what’s in a name? Why is academia so top heavy with administrators who seem to be doing the same job? It seems to me taxpayers are being taken for a ride.
on May 13,2013 | 03:43AM
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