| Cross post from Jon Pelto's Wait What?
Last week came the news, via Kathy Megan at the Hartford Courant, "The University of Connecticut has hired a new vice president of communications at an annual salary of $227,500."
Okay, so some people were upset because with 171,000 Connecticut unemployed residents, not to mention the thousands of highly trained public relations professionals who work and live in Connecticut, UConn's President wasn't able to find a single qualified candidate for this new position and had to go out of state to hire her new communications person.
But the good news is that Connecticut's taxpayers don't have to pick up the tab for President Herbst's new assistant.
But $227,000 plus benefits (which, thanks to the CTMirror we now know is more than the national average).
Not that long ago, the person who worked as UConn's top PR guy was called the Director of Communications. A promotion changed his job title to Assistant Vice President, then Associate Vice President and now President Susan Herbst has decided to grant the next guy the title of Vice President.
The long-time state employee, who was doing the job before, retired in 2009 with a salary in the range of $225,000. He now collects a lifetime state pension of $114,000 (going up each year thanks to a cost of living adjustments.)
The next guy picked up the title of associate vice president and his salary jumped from $180,000 in 2010 to $203,000 in 2011.
Of course, in both cases, those amounts only reflect the base salary. When you add in the cost of benefits, including health insurance, pension, etc., you increase the person's total compensation package by about $45,000 or so.
Officially, the salary and compensation package for the outgoing associate vice president was $248,866.70 in 2011.
Now along comes Tysen Kendig, who will be leaving the University of Iowa, to join UConn as vice president for strategic communication. His salary of $227,000 will be augmented by about $50,000 in benefits, putting him on the first rung of the ladder with a total compensation package of just over $275,000.
But before taxpayer's start to yelp...you can rest assured that the burden for these growing costs will be paid for by UConn's parents and students through tuition and fees and not by taxpayers.
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