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    Mark Huddleston

    UNH President’s Office

    President Univ - New Hampshire

    Salary: 333,658.54
  • Samue Mukasa

    Dean’s Office - CEPS

    Dean of College of Engineering

    Salary: 238,475.08
  • Roy Torbert

    Physics Dept


    Salary: 243,135.85
  • Richard Umile

    Head Hockey Coach

    Salary: 267,115.2
  • Peter Weiler

    UNH Foundation Operating

    Vice President-Advancement-UNH

    Salary: 299,350.5
  • Sean McDonnell

    Intercollegiate Athletics

    Head Football Coach

    Salary: 255,592.28
  • Kenneth Cody

    Finance & Administration Operations

    Vice Chancellor and Treasurer

    Salary: 231,660.80
  • Courtesy UNH Photographic Services

    John Aber

    Academic Affairs Administration

    Provost & Exec VP-Acad Affairs

    Salary: 279,527.06
  • Edward MacKay

    Chancellor’s Operations


    Salary: 289,427.22
  • Daniel Innis

    WSBE Dean’s Office

    Dean Of Whittemore School Of Business

    Salary: 228,831.74
  • Amitava Bhattacharjee

    HR Physics Dept - Joint Positions


    Salary: 225,560.01
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Degrees of debt: NH higher ed salaries contribute to rise in costs 

The past decade for the state’s higher education has seen three trends: cuts to state funding, rising tuition, and growing salaries.

High atop the salary heap is UNH President Mark Huddleston, who took home $333,658 in 2011.

His salary is $34,000 higher than the chancellor of the university system, Ed MacKay, and vastly higher than the salaries of the presidents of the other colleges and university in the state.

Plymouth State University President Sarah Jayne Steen earned $200,618.52 in 2011. Keene State College President Helen Giles-Gee, who has since left the college, took home $211,687.86.

Todd Leach, president and dean of Granite State College, was the lowest-paid school leader in 2011, earning $199,771.94.

And while higher education salaries are often criticized, a third party study in 2010 found that the university system’s total compensation falls slightly below average for college officials nationwide.

New Hampshire’s administrative overhead costs are the lowest in the region, at 5.8 percent in fiscal year 2011. Meanwhile, the University of Massachusetts system had 7.03 percent in administrative costs, the University of Maine system had 7.54 percent, and the University of Rhode Island topped the list with 9.91 percent, according to data provided by the USNH chancellor’s office.

And in comparison to other large institutions, Huddleston’s salary may not appear so high. By contrast, Tom Wilhelmsen, CEO of Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, took home $772,779 in 2009, the last year data was available. Nashua’s largest hospital employs about 1,250 people, while UNH has more than twice as many employees with 3,200.

In total, the state’s four higher education institutions employ about 4,700 people.

Higher education wages

In 2010, about 1,800 of the university system’s employees earned more than the N.H. median household income of $61,042.

In 2011, about 550 staffers came in above the $100,000 salary mark; 100 earned more than $150,000, and 32 employees earned more than $200,000.

That select list includes the UNH hockey coach Dick Umile, who made $267,115.20 in 2011, and football coach Sean McDonnell, who made $255,592.28. Both coaches earned more than the college presidents at Plymouth, Keene and Granite State.

While recent increases have been modest, a longer view shows some administrator salaries have risen nearly 50 percent in the past 10 years.

And during the past decade at UNH, the cost of attendance rose 147 percent for in-state students and 113 percent for out-of-state students. At Plymouth State University and Keene State College, the 15-year increases were more than 130 percent for in-state students and more than 100 percent for out-of-staters.

This fall, the “sticker price” at UNH is $26,186 for in-state students and $38,646 for out-of-staters, the highest it’s ever been. Meanwhile, New Hampshire earns the distinction of having the state school with highest four-year tuition for in-state residents in the nation.

State higher education officials say linking salary and benefits costs to rising tuition is not so simple. There are a number of factors that affect rising tuition costs, they said, most notably the state’s minimal contribution to public higher education. New Hampshire is last in the country for state funding of higher education.

Still, the state’s university system employs more than 100 people earning more than $150,000 a year, and many of those are administrative positions.

According to a report issued by USNH Chancellor Edward MacKay in March, salaries and benefits make up 81 percent of the chancellor’s office budget and an average of 62 percent of the budgets for each of the system’s higher education institutions.

Except for financial aid, which has increased nearly sixfold in the past decade, salaries and benefits are identified as the two primary drivers of cost increases in the state’s higher education system.

The state’s largest university, not surprisingly, employs some of USNH’s highest-paid workers. A total of 18 administrators and eight faculty members at the University of New Hampshire took home more than $200,000 in 2011, including base wages and supplemental income.

The university’s only principal administrator to bring in less than $200,000 was Mark Rubenstein, vice president of student and academic services, who earned $197,203.52.

Huddleston was the only UNH staffer whose salary topped $300,000.

That pay figure is dramatically higher – by nearly 50 percent when adjusted for inflation – than the university president earned 10 years ago, when Joan Leitzel took home $180,000.

The same is true of a number of other top administrator positions, according to figures provided by Dale Barkey, chief negotiator for the UNH chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

Vice President for Advancement Peter Weiler’s position did not exist in 2001, and he was paid $299,350,50 in 2011.

The pay of John Aber, provost and vice president of academic affairs – $279,527 in 2011 – has increased by 21.5 percent since 2001, when the position took effect at $164,000, according to Barkey.

Daniel Innis, dean of the Whittemore School of Business, took home $228,831.74 in 2011, only a slight increase of primarily supplemental pay over his 2010 salary of $228,265.01. Over the past decade, however, the salary for the position has increased by 18 percent, up from $149,000 in 2001.

UNH spokesperson Erika Mantz, who made $82,276 last year, said the school has had only a 1.5 percent increase in salaries each year for the past four years. The majority of those increases have been in non-administrative compensation.

Faculty salaries have increased an average of about 9.1 percent since 2001, according to Barkey’s figures, up from an average of $64,000 to $90,200 in 2010.

Mantz said salary increases are part of keeping UNH competitive.

“UNH seeks to be an employer of choice, and therefore we need to be competitive in the job market to attract and retain faculty and staff,” she said.

Chancellor’s office

Earlier this year, the Republican-led N.H. House of Representatives proposed eliminating the chancellor’s office because it performs primarily administrative duties. The state Senate eventually scuttled the measure, and MacKay announced last month that he would retire as chancellor in March.

In 2011, the chancellor’s office had 79 employees, 11 of whom earned more than $100,000 that year. Only MacKay earned more than $200,000.

Other top earners last year include USNH general counsel Ronald Rodgers ($186,235.68), human resource director Joan Tambling ($162,038.78), Kathleen Salisbury, associate vice chancellor for government affairs ($157,442.46), USNH Controller Carol Mitchell ($141,736.68), associate treasurer Erik Gross ($137,672) and budget director Melanie Dezenzo ($120,757.54).

The number of staffers earning top paychecks dropped between 2011 and 2010.

Positions eliminated included a finance and administration director, two associate directors of human resources, director of capital planning and senior adviser for planning, among others. Each of these positions earned between $100,000 and about $138,000.

In the chancellor’s office, staff cuts have equaled more than $2 million in savings over the past three years. About 24 full-time positions, or 25 percent of the office’s staff, were cut.

Huddleston said the university has cut two vice president positions since he took over in 2007 and that it is much more “thinly staffed,” administratively, than any other university he has worked at.

Plymouth State

At Plymouth State University, President Steen was the top earner and the only staff member to bring home more than $200,000 in 2011.

Nine administrators earned more than $100,000 in 2011, including Stephen Taksar, vice president for finance and administration, who took home $178,503.44. Taksar was the highest-paid PSU staffer after Steen in 2011 and 2010.

Julie Bernier, provost and vice president for academic affairs, was another top earner in 2011, taking home $164,088.78, including $687.36 in supplemental pay.

The university employed five deans last year; all but one – Nancy Betchart, dean of the Frost School, who took home $95,660.80 – earned more than $100,000.

Among the top faculty earners are three professors from the education department: Michael Fischler ($131,070.08, including $31,900.08 in supplemental income), Marcel Lebrun ($147,236.86, including $82,331.51 in supplemental income), and Patricia Lindberg ($130,368.85, including $48,538.85 in supplemental income).

Keene State

At Keene State College, only Giles-Gee earned more than $200,000 in 2011, bringing in $211,687.86, which remained unchanged since 2010.

The college’s highest earners were all administrators.

The second-highest compensation went to Jay Kahn, vice president for finance and planning, who took home $194,014.82, about $5,500 of which was supplemental pay. While his 2011 base salary remained stable with that of 2010, Kahn did not earn supplemental pay that year.

Other top earners at the college include Emile Netzhammer, provost and vice president of academic affairs ($168,901.42, including $5,500 supplemental pay), Maryann Lindberg, vice president of institutional advancement ($155,151.34, including $3,000 supplemental pay), Andrew Robinson, vice president of student affairs ($133,342.88, including $1,500 supplemental pay), and Gordon Leversee, divisional dean of sciences ($130,151.34, including $500 supplemental pay).

The highest paid professor was management professor John Pappalardo, who earned $130,358.82 in 2011, including $41,658.82 in supplemental pay.

Granite State College

Granite State College has among the lowest-paid administrative staff, with only two employees bringing in more than $100,000 in 2011.

Leach earned $199,771.94, about $10,500 of which was supplemental to his base salary.

The next-highest earner was USNH research professor Karol Lacroix, who works out of the president’s office. She earned $118,519.85, more than $21,600 of which was supplemental income.

The college employed nine deans, in addition to Leach, in 2011, including two positions that did not exist in 2010: dean of undergraduate studies and dean of graduate studies. One dean’s position was eliminated the same year.

More funding?

If state funding were restored, MacKay said he would recommend to the board of trustees to freeze tuition rates for the next two years.

Barkey also is calling for more funds.

“The state is effectively pushing the cost onto the students,” he said. “That’s the most important thing to look at: Why are they doing this to the students of the state? If you want a public university where the purpose is to provide educational opportunities to the students of the state, then it should be funded.”

MacKay said that while he believes the university system has made appropriate cuts and spending choices to deal with its financial situation, he said he understands the pressure that rising tuitions place on local families and the concerns some may have when looking at the system’s high salaries.

“It’s part of our DNA to look for cost-savings wherever, whenever possible,” he said. “We’re looking at the manners and methods that we could use to extend delivery of courses in ways that are more cost effective … we want to ensure that the residents of the state have affordable access to the training and education they need to be that next generation of workers.

Danielle Curtis can be reached at 594-6557 or dcurtis@nashua Also follow Curtis on Twitter (Telegraph_DC).





Mark Huddleston

UNH President’s Office

President Univ - New Hampshire


Peter Weiler

UNH Foundation Operating

Vice President-Advancement-UNH


Edward MacKay

Chancellor’s Operations



John Aber

Academic Affairs Administration

Provost&Exec VP-Acad Affairs


Sharon Demers

Human Resources

Asst Vice Pres-Human Resources


Richard Umile

Intercollegiate Athletics

Head Hockey Coach


Richard Cannon

VPFA Office

VP For Finance & Administratio


Sean McDonnell

Intercollegiate Athletics

Head Football Coach


Roy Torbert

Physics Dept



Samue Mukasa

Dean’s Office - CEPS

Dean of College of Engineering


A. Venkatachalam

Decisions Sciences Department



Kenneth Cody

Finance & Administration Operations

Vice Chancellor and Treasurer


Daniel Innis

WSBE Dean’s Office

Dean Of Whittemore School Of B


Amitava Bhattacharjee

HR Physics Dept - Joint Positions



James Grady


Associate Director Of Cooperat


Joseph Klewicki

Mechanical Engineering Dept

Dean Of College Of Engineering


Victor Benassi




Larry Mayer

HR Earth Science - Joint Positions



Frankie Dinneen

Network NH Now

Project Manager/Public Service


Helen Giles-Gee

President’s Office

President of Keene State Colle


Martin Scarano

Intercollegiate Athletics

Director of UNH Intercollegiat


Joanna Young

Information Technology CIO/AVP

Assoc VP Information Tech-UNH


David Proulx

VPFA Office

Associate Vice Pres-Finance


Thomas Brady

Dean’s Office - LS & A

Dean Of College Of Life Scienc


Eberhard Moebius

Physics Dept



Harlan Spence

EOS Administration

Dir of The Institute For EOS


Kenneth Fuld

Dean’s Office

Dean of College of Liberal Art


Peter Lane

Management Department



Barbara Arrington

Dean’s Office HHS

Dean-College of Health&Hum Ser


David Hiley




Sara Jayne Steen

President’s Office

President-Plymouth State Univ


Ahmad Etebari

Accounting and Finance Department