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Posted on Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 3:15 p.m.

University of Michigan 2011 salary report lists top 10 highest salaried employees

By Kellie Woodhouse

The University of Michigan today released its 2011 salary report.


Dr. Ora Pescovitz of the University of Michigan Health System.

Angela J. Cesere |

The report lists the base salary of all university employees. It does not include additional compensation, such as deferred pay, bonuses or performance-based pay.

This year, administrators averaged a 2.7 percent pay increase, while faculty received a 2.8 percent increase and staff averaged a 2.2 percent increase.

Find the full salary report.

Ten highest-paid university officials

  1. Ora Pescovitz — executive VP for medical affairs — $739,025
  2. Douglas Strong — CEO of U-M hospitals and health centers — $612,000
  3. David Brandon — athletic director — $600,454
  4. Mary Sue Coleman — president — $585,783
  5. Erik Lundberg — chief investment officer — $575,000
  6. Timothy P. Slottow — executive VP and chief financial officer— $551,668
  7. Alison Davis-Blake - Stephen M. Ross School of Business dean-  $550,000
  8. James Woolliscroft - Medical School dean - $524,509
  9. Philip Hanlon — provost and executive VP of academic affairs — $485,040
  10. David Munson - College of Engineering dean - $470,195

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Fri, Dec 23, 2011 : 6:50 p.m.

Comparing dean salaries - public employees - to an NBA player? come on. How about these people get paid more than the President of the United States, Sec of State, Sec of Defense, VP, Governor, etc. To copy some here, who works harder? Remember, a Dean has minions of grad students and profs at their beckon call to do all the real work, munus showing up to sporting events and social gatherings for some wine tasting and liberal whinning about how bad society is, especially conservative-minded people who pay their grotesque salaries.

Mike S

Thu, Dec 22, 2011 : 7:28 p.m.

I think it this "reporting" should note which areas are self-funding (athletics, hospital) and which are tax/tuition funded: <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Thu, Dec 22, 2011 : 3:30 p.m.

I also find it amazing that there is no interviewing for these salary articles to find out why these people earn so much? What the heck do they do that is 5 to 30 times more important as other people here?


Thu, Dec 22, 2011 : 3:27 p.m.

For what these people make versus the rest of the world, what are their job descriptions? They are our employees, as taxpayers, and I see no justification for these salaries, except, gee, that's what other bigwigs at universities make. Was there any bidding for these jobs, to see if anyone as competent will go down to a more &quot;reasonable&quot; salary of $250,000 total? I think that would be more than enough to live on. Shouldn't there be contract bidding, as for other government contracts? And seriously, where are the Occupy protesters in this case? Why are these execs exempt from protest?


Fri, Dec 23, 2011 : 2:50 a.m.

There was a rather tepid occupy muffle in California about this. Remember however, that this gets very close to the sacred cow of liberalism and associated training grounds. There are &quot;good&quot; one percenters and &quot;bad&quot; one percenters.


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 9:27 p.m.

Sorry folks, with a few exceptions, these people could not make nearly the coin they are paid in the &quot;private sector.&quot; Librarians are not paid $500,000 in the private world. These jobs are low stress, light duty for most, not all. On the whole, these people, again with a few exceptions, live in a fantasy world - a bubble - where they can pontificate the liberal leanings of the university life and blow hot air with like minded liberal bubble dwellers and get over-paid to do so. AND, they get to decide how much to get paid. These raises are crinimal. The market does not demand this. Where are the Occuppy Universities people? Why are universitieis immune to the economy? Tuition goes up and up like healthcare - why? They live in a bubble and only see the regular working people from a far but are down with their struggle - yeah, right.

Debbi Schaubman

Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 11:17 p.m.

I assume the &quot;librarians&quot; reference is to Courant's 398,000 salary (not $500K) reported in a related article. Although Dr. Courant is the Dean of Libraries, he is not a librarian by training nor does his current position bear any resemblance to what a typical librarian does. To compare his salary to librarians &quot;in the private world&quot; is simply absurd. His salary is, however, comparable to the salary paid to other Deans of Libraries at other world-class university library systems. Are these administrators paid too much money? Maybe. Maybe not. But to focus on surface understandings of what their work entails doesn't move the conversation forward in any meaningful way. To put Dr. Courant's education and experience in a bit more perspective than your characterization of him as a &quot;librarian,&quot; I suggest you read his bio at <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>. It may not lead you to believe his salary is earned but it will give you a better sense of the scope of the work he does for the University. That is, if you are willing to allow some facts to get in the way of your rant.


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 9:10 p.m.

How dare any of you gripe about what a factory worker gets.


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 8:43 p.m.

Perhaps increases in wages were awarded because the individual University executives met or exceeded results on performance goals set by their direct Manager or Regents, as the case may be (beyond the reduction in State aid, which may not have been a factor in their own individual performance assessment at all)? Or is that too logical an assumption to ponder?


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 6:40 p.m.

I'm impressed they are all reasonable numbers. I am actaully surprised Mr. Strong is not at the top of the list.


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 5:55 p.m.

Derrick Rose just signed a contract to make $95,000,000 over the next five years to throw a ball through a hoop for a few months each year. That makes these salaries look like chump change. It's not public money, but still... it's pretty ridiculous. Whose job do you think is harder? Public university president or NBA player?


Thu, Dec 22, 2011 : 1:03 a.m.

Derrick Rose can do things that maybe 50 people in the WORLD can do and if he didn't generate ROI they wouldn't be giving it to him. NOBODY on the planet would know or care if any one of these high level admins. left and were replaced by someone making 50% less...NOBODY.

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 4:42 p.m.

The Detroit Free Press just published an article that states that the president of the Detroit Medical Center is earning $2.4 million per year ($970K in pay and $1.5 million in stock options). Source: <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> Given that the DMC is now owned by a for-profit corporation, and given that conservatives worship the free market, and given the responsibilities involved in running a university with 35,000 students, 30,000 (+) employees, a $1.35 billion budget, and billions of dollars worth of infrastructure, it seems as though UofM officials are badly underpaid. Good Night and Good Luck


Fri, Dec 23, 2011 : 6:55 p.m.

A liberal like yourself will step right up and donate to the university so these hard working acedemics can be paid fairly. Just like you always pay extra taxes since you are in favor of higher taxes too -- NOT, only the rich who already pay nearly all the taxes anyway - they should pay more, not you.


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 2:48 p.m.

Poor babies. Maybe if the UofM got more &quot;public support&quot; they wouldn't have to squeak by on their meager earnings. <a href=""></a>


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 2:09 p.m.

I think we should have a new rule. If you post on a salary article, you should have to put your job title, and your salary so we can all take shots at you. All this 'transparency' does is scare good people away from public sector jobs. Where they are needed the most. We live in a free market and that is what dictates what an appropriate salary is. If you don't like it, I am sure there are a few communist countries we haven't toppled yet that would be glad to take you. I'm sorry, but being hateful of someone elses success is un American. Land of the free and all, you know.

Elaine F. Owsley

Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 1:58 p.m.

Without people of this caliber, educators and students would not be drawn to the University. Without students, the University wouldn't exist. Without the University, thousands of people in this area would be out of work. And there would be no reason to have an Ann Arbor. The University is still a public university - not a private school. It survives by getting the best, to create the best.


Thu, Dec 22, 2011 : 12:59 a.m.

Are you kidding me?!?!? When was the last time a kid said...WOW I want to go study under Mary Sue Coleman!!! They are here for the professors not administrators. There is NO PLACE in the private sector that this many academics could make this kind of money. I would like to know if this is pay for performance or pay for reputation. List 5 novel ideas any of these people had that contributed to the bottom line or quality of education (raising tuition doesn't count).


Thu, Dec 22, 2011 : 12:05 a.m.

Just curious, I have to agree you..that statement is old and tired.


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 4:34 p.m.

&quot;And there would be no reason to have an Ann Arbor.&quot; Oh please!


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 1:54 p.m.

People complain about how much others get paid and try to bring them down. So, let's not pay them as much. They take their talent somewhere else. Quality of education goes down. Enrollment goes down. They have to let go of some people because there just isn't enough students to justify their positions. More people suffer, but hey, aren't we doing everyone a favor by reducing salaries? That's a whole lot better, right? Who cares if it doesn't attract business and stimulate our local economy. Why are we trying to punish people for getting a good job and being successful at what they do? What salary amount is &quot;justified&quot;? Is it ok for someone to make over 100K but less than 499K? Are people going to picket and camp outside the university if these people make over 500K because they are &quot;successful&quot;? What is the cut-off amount to complain about someone else's success? Sorry, so called &quot;99%&quot;, but the argument isn't justified. Life isn't fair . . . get over it.


Fri, Dec 23, 2011 : 7 p.m.

spoken like an aspiring Dean. Life ain't fair but Government looks to make it fair by taking from the &quot;haves&quot; and giving it to the &quot;have nots&quot;. So Government should not be creating the &quot;haves&quot; by way of ridiculous dean salaries. Your position is so shallow - it lends itself to allow for $5,000,0000 assistant dean salaries at the public's expense. Ain't fair, get over it! None of these people went into acedemics to become 1% ers at the public's expense did they? tell me it ain't so.


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 12:49 p.m.

How insensitive for anyone to publish these salaries at this time of year and with the state of Michigan's economy and jobless rate. Was this deliberate, to depress people just before the holidays? How can anyone be worth 700-odd thousand a year? What does Ms. Pescovitz actually do to warrant that kind of compensation? What exactly does President Coleman do to warrant her enormous salary? The same question must be asked of all those people listed. It's not possible to contribute to the everyday workings of the University to justify such earnings. The athletic salaries, especially football, are out of control, leading as we now know to corruption, fraud and chicanery. But such high wages for medical, business, engineering! Come on!


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 5:28 p.m.

&quot;How insensitive for anyone to publish these salaries at this time of year.&quot; well, A2lover, it's called &quot;reporting.&quot; the salary figures are released, and the news media writes about it. the fact that it might depresses someone is not how they decide what to write about.


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 12:27 p.m.

Highest-Paid Presidents of Public Universities, 2007-08 5. Mary Sue Coleman University of Michigan Total annual compensation: $760,196 Package includes: $531,996 salary $75,000 deferred compensation $100,000 retention bonus $23,000 retirement pay $30,200 supplemental retirement pay Use of house and car

Buster W.

Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 4:44 p.m.

outdoor6709 Yes, the BOD work is very nice if you can get it...very part-time work at that, too. MSC sends a letter to Obama pleading for pleading for more money...meanwhile, UM is sitting on a staggering endowment fund. Incredible.


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 4:04 p.m.

How about something a little more current than something 4 years old? what were those 4 other Public Universities who paid their Presidents higher than Ms. Coleman? Do other Public University Presidents have deferred compensation, retention bonuses, retirement pay, supplemental retirement pay, university housing and car, etc.? This is just inflammatatory nonsense if it's not market based.


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 3:18 p.m.

Buster W I may have misinterpurated your comment. On a second reading I take it MSC gets money from J&amp;J and othercompanies as a member of board of directors. Nice work if you can get it.


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 3:14 p.m.

Buster W, If I do not like what J&amp;J CEO or any other comapnies top officers are paid, I do not have to buy their product. If I do not like what a univ pays their president, I cannot withold my tax $'s. MSC just sent a letter to President Obama and said, Public Universities need more money. Since we are $15 trillion in debt, where does she think it will come from? By the way, I think COE's, in general, make more money than they are worth.

Buster W.

Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 2:10 p.m.

@outdoor6709 Don't stop there.......Johnson &amp; Johnson Board of Directors $200K+ annually, Meredith Corporation Board of Directors $150K+ annually, a large &quot;business discretionary&quot; account, free travel around the world,... Many people tend to focus solely on base salary, but it's all the extras that come with the title that really adds up to big $.


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 11:32 a.m.

I am glad is publishing salaries of publicly paid employees. It should outrage every taxpayer. Furthermore it shows the complete disconnect between the public sector management and the folks who pay their salaries.


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 4:11 a.m.

Elect new Regents. Don't vote for an incumbent until this changes. Maybe even recall them all!


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 2:17 a.m.

Why does the athletic director make more than the President? I find that odd, but that's just me.


Thu, Dec 22, 2011 : 3:42 a.m.


Elaine F. Owsley

Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 2:02 p.m.

Because the Athletic Department generates money and pays its own bills.

The Black Stallion3

Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 12:36 a.m.

I am sure this news will be a blessing to the many people in Michigan who are having trouble making ends meet.


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 12:55 a.m.

It's a scandal, and the state needs to look into it. Misuse of taxpayer money. There are tens of thousands of homeless kids in Michigan, and millions of our tax dollars go to these meeting-goers? They need to work some night shifts at homeless shelters, and each donate several hundreds of thousands to school and mentoring programs. Shameful!


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 12:36 a.m.

Sorry, but there is nothing that these people do that deserves these salaries, especially at a public institution. A doctor who is making this kind of money off the backs of others should be ashamed of him or herself. What happened to our profession when there are children dying of diseases all over the world, and these meeting-goers have compensation which, with bonuses, is over $1 million. Likewise for the others with highly inflated salaries. M.S. Coleman also should no way be making so much, and then she spends time away from the U to go sit on boards for 100s of thousands more dollars? And these are so-called educators? I do not begrudge the working physicians their salaries, which are much less than administrators, since they are working hard and yes, they save lots of lives. But c'mon, over a million dollars for being an administrator? They should each cut back several hundreds of thousands of dollars, and donate the rest to scholarships, or tutoring programs for kids in Michigan who can't even dream of affording or qualifying to attend U-M.


Thu, Dec 22, 2011 : 3:40 a.m.

Most of my doctor friends are really struggling to make ends meet right now. They are constantly working and on call. They are also willing to answer any medical questions or help out my family (even when we are not patients) off-hours just because they are in this line of work because they truly care about helping people. Our good friend who practices with Chelsea hospital said he makes about $115,000 a year as a pediatrician (and this working 5 days a week and on call 2 weeks a month). Not exactly the millionaire club that Julie describes.


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 11:56 p.m.

OK since I was censured, let me try again. Besides a CEO such as Ora Pescovitz, there is no pediatrician in this world that can earn $850,000 a year doing clinical work. Even charging cash, it is physically impossible to bill that much. The average salary for a pediatrician is $125,000. This is with 11 years of college/training, and in the case of Dr. Pescovitz, a pediatric Endo doctor, at least 13 years. Having been a doctor for decades, and having run practices, including multispecialty practices, I know the figures involved. I can go into detailed figures per billing and overhead, but this just does not happen, an 850,000 salary for a pediatrician.


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 11:31 p.m.

Correction: Ora Pescovitz makes 850,000. But she does not practice Pediatrics at this time, and when she did, would not have made as much. Average salary for Peds is about $125,000, and this does require, 11 years of college/training, and average debt of about $200,000. Peds Endo would require about 13 years.


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 9:58 p.m.

You're right, Joe. As a matter of fact, we pay more taxes than my brother. He does pay a hefty malpractice premium..BUT he writes off his jets by occasionally leasing them out to Fed-EX. He invites other Opthalmologists to the stay in one of his that's a write-off. Practically his whole life is a write-off. AND, he did not graduate in the top half of his medical school class. My SAT scores were 200 points were actually higher. WHERE'S the justice!!!! LOL. I'll tell you where it is. I've got great kids. His are a mess.

Joe Kidd

Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 8:53 p.m.

Well, it can't be explained much better than Julie has shown us. I wonder is her brother is concerned by the high cost of malpractice insurance, a reform promoted by republicans as a key way to reduce health care costs. Doesn't look like it hurts him too much, or if he didn't have to pay it those savings would be passed on to his patients. Annarbor28, Julie's brother is a Physician, period. Most Drs do not accept Medicare/Medicaid because the payments are less than what they charge. Some will treat some patients, but out of the goodness of their hearts. A student loan debt of $100,000 when your pay is what Drs are paid well over $100,00 a year: <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 8:48 p.m.

I believe I know a lot more physicians than the average individual. I came from a family of them. My brother was an &quot;Evans Scholar&quot;...basically a full ride scholarship for caddies. My sister is a pediatrician. Her husband has wealth of his own. She clears, 850,000 per year and lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. She has a full-time maid and chef, and when her children were young a full time nanny. They just finished renovating their 3750 square foot house, because her kids were complaining about everyone having to share two bathrooms. Yeah. Every year or so my brother does Doctors without Borders...but you can bet that the location he chooses has great beaches. There are a few good egg docs out there. My brother is very close to my age, and we had a lot of the same friends....But, more often than not, the docs I dated were rude, arrogant, with this sense of entitlement. Most expected a lot on a first date, if you get my drift, and were astonished when I refused them. As for myself. I prefer leading a simple life where values and family are important. Where Art matters. Where things are just stuff...Okay...I'm just rambling now. Have a Merry Christmas!


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 8:09 p.m.

Julie: Your brother is a businessman, not a typical doctor. First of all, the average debt of a medical school graduate is over 100,000. I don't know what being a golf caddy has to do with this. Secondly, most doctors take medicaid or medicare, and these, along with insurance payments being discounted, do not leave much room for a very &quot;high life&quot;. These CEOs of UM are very atypical. Regardless of what you say, there are many doctors who are in medicine to help people, not to make millions. I know Dr. Pescowitz is a very talented Pediatric Endocrinologist, and am very sorry to see that she has gone done the path of being an overpaid meeting-goer. She is capable of doing much research, and saving children's lives directly. She is actually very good as a clinician. I knew her when...


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 4 p.m.

How much does it cost a physician to put themselves through more than a decade of education to attain that medical degree -- both for the education itself and for the costs for housing as the family moves for residency, fellowships, etc.? How much do they pay for liability insurance, if they were to be in private practice?


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 11:58 p.m.

This is not an article. Where's the journalism?


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 11:23 p.m.

contsruction dept needs many cuts backs, they make way too much money


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 10:51 p.m.

Ok, not surprising to see the ranting that has taken place here. How about seeing some market based data here to compare against these salaries. How do these salaries compare against these individual's peers at similarly size Public Universities in Michigan and across the United States? Shouldn't that be the true measure of competitive pay practices? Since we recruit for these positions nationally and others recruit these people from us to fill their positions, let's use fact based data instead of trying to incite those who choose not to use reason.


Tue, Jan 3, 2012 : 1:29 p.m.

I response to Arborcomment, and to add to what sparty noted, an institution such as UM does in fact need to compete to bring in talent. Is UM a public institution, sure, but keep in mind it is also the 5th or 6th research institution by sponsored revenue (depending on how you compare), having in each of the past two years received more than $1billion. This is in great part due to the quality of the research, which one could easily draw a correlation to the researchers (who often take their grants with them when transferring from one institution to another). Was I taken aback at how much Pescovitz' salary, yes, but do I fully appreciate why it might be necessary that she's paid that much, not at all. Without that full appreciation, one should consider the depth and breadth of the UM Health System, which, not including the aforementioned research revenue, generated $2.4 billion in the 2011 fiscal year (<a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>.


Thu, Dec 22, 2011 : 12:28 a.m.

Rob, you asked for some data, you got the link. Anything more current, seek and you shall find. Article must be a good vintage for you, as you quickly cite that $100k inequality between private and public. If you can provide it, please let us know exactly what that extra $100k provides in services, value, or benefit to the private school, then we can see if we are depriving Mary Sue. Likewise, the same for the disparity (we are number 5 a not good enough!) of what extra duties the presidents of schools 1-4 are doing or if we &quot;just got a good deal&quot;. My post on the original story of Mary Sue's salary LAST WEEK pointed out that we were behind O$U and called on blue to step up our game. Meanwhile, while you figure executive value for public servants, college debt has surpassed credit card debt for ordinary Americans. And while you may scoff at the concept of noble service, it does exist, see my response on your post in the &quot;Top 16&quot; story (they really need to combine the two and call it &quot;UM 1%&quot;.)


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 9:03 p.m.

In order to retain or search for top talent, one must pay the market based rate for it as anyone who has experience in the field knows. For someone running a top ten school the size and breadth of the UM, with it's national reputation, and it's associated complexity given the research, medical facilities, research, commercial, and other functions beyond it's educational programs, the skill set becomes especially critical. Therefore the pool of qualified candidates becomes extremely narrow and the compensation increases exponentially. It is clear that a more insightful approach is appropriate in areas such as this, rather than the poorly thought out blurbs some have chosen to post - hopefully just in haste rather than a reflection of the poorly understood size and scope of the largest Public University in the State.

Joe Kidd

Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 8:40 p.m.

Who cares what administrators make at other locations? The point many are making is that it is too high, falsely I think. I do not think any of these people possess any unique skills that justify this pay. I am sure perfectly competent administrator could be found at much lower rates of pay. When you look at health care systems, with the deafening debate on skyrocketed costs, there is no excuse for this. I think if looked in to how much is spent for travel by Drs on up, that figure would be startling too. And they squeeze the nurses and other support staff for cuts. Unbelievable. Borders on the unethical.


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 4:19 p.m.

Northwest University should be Northwestern University in the above post - my apologies.


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 4:18 p.m.

You couldn't find something more recent than 2007-2008 data as you note? You also failed to mention that the article mentions that pay at Private Universities averages $100,000 higher than at Public Universities - maybe also a reason for competitive, market based bidding for qualified candidates?. I'd imagine that the recruiting pool would include the same people. You also fail to mention that the pay for the President at Ohio State University, Northwest University, Florida State University, and the University of Florida were higher than Ms. Coleman's in this particular year? Should we fail to be competitive and just let other private and public Universities poach our top-notch employees, following your &quot;reasoning&quot; and somehow start a trend that the rest of the nation will nobly follow? My goodness, how noble.


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 2:22 a.m.

Here you go Rob, I'll copy over the link from your other post on the other story (why are the two about the same?). It's an older salary comparison but still can be used for your beginnings of &quot;reason&quot;. Before you start reasoning, ask why we are in salary competition with other State Universites for Public Employees. Public service is a noble calling. Only after state legislatures, regents, even school boards, got into insane biddings wars or the threat thereof, did it become so lucrative. <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 10:48 p.m.

Big Education is really giving it to the students! Their is no reason why these &quot;Educators&quot; should earn so much! Forget Wall Street, Protest State Street!


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 9:58 p.m.

I love the percentages overtime. 10 years ago the highest Nursing Pay Rate (without Over time and Shift Difference) was about $66,000. And the CEO of the UMMC was about $320,000. In ten years time executive pay has almost many Staff Nurses are there making $130,000 Base pay. If you guessed 0, you be correct because RN pay is capped @ $72,000/yr.


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 8:16 p.m.

I think you missed the point just curious. If CEO's have nearly doubled their salary over the last 10 years, shouldn't the nurses also be close to doubling theirs? Point is they are nowhere close to that.


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 4:30 p.m.

So we should pay CEO salaries to all of the nurses?


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 9:57 p.m.

How come the football and basketball coaches aren't on this list? They make more than twice Ms. Pescovitz's pay.


Tue, Jan 3, 2012 : 1:01 p.m.

Also, to att to rulieg's response, Hoke, like other coaches of prominent teams (not just by school, but by revenue-generating programs such as football) earn part or the majority of their compensation from &quot;additional compensation&quot; that comes as a result of being the head coach. See this article: <a href=""></a>


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 5:26 p.m.

Hoke is on the list. read it again.

Mike K

Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 9:21 p.m.

They most certainly are the 1%!!! And one wonders why tuition for the every day person continues to go up to the point where the cost exceeds the benefit. How anybody could be happy about this is bewildering.

Kurtis S

Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 9:16 p.m.

The only question is why staff (who get paid less) get 2.2 percent while faculty and administrative (who get paid more then double +) get 2.7/2.8 percent.


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 8:37 p.m.

Watch out Ann Arbor taxpayers...once the Ann Arbor school board reads this list, they'll get even more envious and entitled, and try to justify even higher administrative salaries!


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 8:23 p.m.

Watch out? I think it has already happened.


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 8:36 p.m.

Just think about how much these people could make in the private sector. I thank them for their continued service to the university.


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 8:22 p.m.

I do not think they would make that much in the private sector either. Maybe but still a problem. Working for a company at that rate affects the cost to consumers of the product. If their work would be in health care - it is a major cause of the high cost of health care in the U.S. and in other states and countries, administrators do not make anywhere near this much: <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> And the top paid administrator in the entire country of Great Britain made £270,000 ($420,000) a lot of money but much less than MSC's and the top administrator for a large part of a whole country's system. And the Brits are complaining too. <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> If they can work for that in the public sector, I say let them go. They are not doing such a great job here.


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 4:29 p.m.

Forever27, I think you are still living in the old days. The University does quite well competing with the private sector now. Don't let them kid you.

Mike D.

Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 1:36 p.m.

@annarbor28 After high school, I trained and practiced as a pizza delivery boy. Now I am an executive at a large company. Is it surprising to you that I make more money now than I did when I delivered pizzas? While Dr. Pescovitz has training as a physician, she is now an executive. Her pay should be compared to senior executives of large organizations, not practicing physicians.


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 12:19 p.m.

Here is the source for the annual compensation package for Brandon. <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 12:18 p.m.

annarbor28, If you actually look at the athletic director David Brandon he was the former CEO of Dominos Pizza with a total compensation package of $2.6 million per year when he left the &quot;privet sector&quot; to come to the U of M. So for some yes they could make much more than they do at the U.


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 12:40 a.m.

Actually, if these doctors practiced, they would be worth so much less. Dr. Pescovitz is a Pediatric Endocrinologist. She would make a fraction of what she does now. And the Dean of Engineering? Athletic Director? C'mon, this is crazy!


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : midnight

Would they get hired in the private sector?