New SUNY chancellor's $500,000 salary turns heads

The new head of the state university system will be paid half a million dollars each year, which has some crying foul given the state?s financial situation and the governor?s call to cut education funding.

News 12 Staff

Feb 12, 2009, 12:45 AM

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The new head of the state university system will be paid half a million dollars each year, which has some crying foul given the state?s financial situation and the governor?s call to cut education funding.
Dr. Nancy Zimpher?s $545,000 salary is $200,000 more than that of her predecessor. Zimpher, who will be SUNY's ninth chancellor, is currently president of The University of Cincinnati. Besides the new salary, once she starts at SUNY, Zimpher will get apartments in Albany and Manhattan and a state-owned car with a driver. Her husband will get a part-time position with the university system.
Meanwhile, Gov. Paterson wants to slash millions from TAP, the state's Tuition Assistance Program.
?A lot of students feel hurt by it,? SUNY Old Westbury senior Ester Fleurival says. ?It feels like we don't have any trust in our own government because they should be increasing our education [funding]. Instead, they are worrying about salaries.?
SUNY officials say Zimpher?s compensation package is on par with that of the leaders at other education institutions.
Zimpher says she will work to get more state, federal and private funding for SUNY to help students and the university system succeed. She will become SUNY's first female chancellor when she officially takes the position on June 1.


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