Chancellor’s salary on par with similar institutions

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher’s compensation for fiscal year 2016-17 fell just below the University of Alabama system chancellor and just above the president of Kent State University in Ohio, according to Pitt’s 990 IRS form and data released earlier this month by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Gallagher was paid a base salary of $518,938, which represented at 1.7 percent raise from the previous year. Retirement and other reportable benefits and compensation brought his total package to $757,607, roughly half of what William McRaven, chancellor of the University of Texas system chancellor, received. McRaven, who left the Texas job in May, was the highest-paid, full-year, public college leader on the list, with $1.2 million in base pay and $300,00 in bonuses.

In comparison, Eric Barron, president of Penn State, received approximately $1 million in compensation, which included $818,000 in base pay.

According to the Chronicle, nine full-year presidents took home $1 million or more and the average pay was nearly $560,000.

James Ramsey, former president of the University of Louisville, was the highest-paid public university president on the list at $4.3 million, even though he only worked 27 days during the fiscal year. His compensation represented $3.5 million in deferred payments and $687,683 in severance pay.

Highest-paid Pitt employees

As usual, Gallagher was by far not the highest paid official at Pitt during the 2016-17 fiscal year, according to the University’s 990 report.

Pat NarduzziHead football coach Pat Narduzzi received $1.8 million in base pay and a total of $3 million in compensation, while former men’s basketball coach Kevin Stallings, who was replaced in March, was paid just over $1 million in base pay with a total of $1.8 million in compensation.

The IRS requires tax-exempt, private corporations such as Pitt to file Form 990 annually. The form is limited to salaries, benefits and allowances processed through the Pitt payroll system. So, for example, it does not include income that Health Sciences faculty earn for clinical work at the UPMC Health System.

The highest-paid University officer was, once again, Arthur Levine, senior vice chancellor for health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine, whose base pay was $843,438 and compensation totaled $1.2 million.

Other senior officers listed in the 990 report (with their base pay and total compensation) were:

  • Patricia Beeson, provost and senior vice chancellor: $417,145 / $518,386
  • Kathy Humphrey, senior vice chancellor for engagement and secretary of the Board of Trustees: $389,042 / $459,917
  • Amy Marsh, treasurer (now retired): $441,028 / $523,653
  • Arthur Ramicone, senior vice chancellor and chief financial officer: $394,174 / $448,986
  • Geovette Washington, senior vice chancellor and chief legal officer: $393,303 / $441,387

The other highest-paid officials at Pitt for 2016-17, based on the University’s response to the state’s required right-to-know disclosures, were:

  • Mark Nordenberg, former chancellor: $802,886
  • Scott Barnes, former athletic director who left in February 2017: $737,500
  • Nancy Davidson, former director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute who left in November 2016: $636,437
  • Michael Becich, associate vice chancellor, Health Sciences: $631,059
  • Suzie McConnell-Serio, former head women’s basketball coach who was fired in April: $617,857
  • Jamie Dixon, former head men’s basketball coach who left Pitt in March 2016: $616,562
  • A. Everette James III, director of the Health Policy Institute and associate vice chancellor, Health Sciences: $564,387
  • Jeffrey L. Masnick, former associate senior vice chancellor, Health Sciences, who retired in 2017: $553,106
  • Donald Burke, dean of the Graduate School of Public Health and associate vice chancellor for Global Health: $485,920
  • Peter Strick, chair, Neurobiology: $473,162
  • David Denis, senior chair and professor of Business Administration: $446,765
  • Thomas W. Braun, former dean of the School of Dental Medicine, who retired in January: $445,280
  • Steven Reis, associate vice chancellor, Health Sciences: $441,380
  • Lise Vesterlund, professor, Economics: $433,642
  • Arjang Assad, dean, Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business of Administration: $433,225
  • D. Lansing Taylor, director, Drug Discovery Institute: $425,155
  • Mark Jay Shlomchik, chair, Department of Immunology: $417,639
  • David Gur, Department of Radiology: $414,779
  • Marc Shane Malandro, founding director of Innovation Institute who left in August 2017: $409,828
  • Rocky S. Tuan, former director of Cellular and Molecular Engineering Lab who left in 2017: $405,322
  • Bruce A. Freeman, pharmacology and molecular biology: $402,785
  • Diane Denis, professor and Katz alumni chair in finance: $400,019
  • Ivet Bahar, chair, Computational & Systems Biology Department, School of Medicine: $398,553



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