Cal State Presidents Receive Perks and Benefits Worth 50% of Base Pay

March 26, 2012 - By admin

MARCH 26, 2012

By JOHN HRABE

California State University presidents receive perks and benefits worth as much as 50 percent of their base salaries, or more than $145,000 per year, according to compensation data released by two campuses. Cal State Sacramento and San Jose State University disclosed to CalWatchDog.com the total compensation paid to both university presidents during 2008-10. The disclosure by the two universities represents the first public estimation of the total compensation paid to the state college’s top administrators.

The average base salary of the state’s 23 college presidents is just under $300,000 per year, a figure that does not include other widely reported benefits such as a car allowance, bonuses paid by tax-exempt college foundations and free housing. Total compensation includes health insurance, dental care, vision coverage, retirement benefits, long-term disability coverage, life insurance, paid Medicare taxes and employer-paid Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI).

While the Cal State Chancellor’s Office has readily disclosed the value of the housing allowances on its “Executive Compensation Summary,” there has been almost no estimation of the cost of other presidential perks.

In 2008-09, Cal State Sacramento’s President Alexander Gonzalez received a base pay of $294,999.96. He also took home an additional $145,405.15 in perks and benefits, bringing his total compensation to $440,405.11.

During the same period, San Jose State University’s then President Jon Whitmore received a base salary of $299,615.03 and $100,293 in other benefits, not including housing. Total: $399,908.03.

CalWatchDog.com has asked San Jose State University to clarify whether Whitmore received a housing benefit or allowance during his brief tenure at SJSU.

Administrators’ Retirement Benefits: More Than State’s Per Capita Income

Retirement benefits represent the single largest amount of previously unquantified benefits. Sac State and San Jose State’s presidents received more in taxpayer-funded retirement contributions than the state’s per-capita personal income, $42,578 in 2010.

Sac State’s Gonzalez received retirement contributions of $48,893,29 in 2008-09 and $45,289.94 in 2009-10. San Jose State’s Whitmore collected $49,641.30 and $50,388.37 in 2008-08.

In 2008-09, Gonzalez’s other benefits included $961.38 for dental insurance, $10,846.43 for health care, $109.56 for vision, $501 in life insurance, $143.04 for long-term disability care, $5,328.85 in employer-paid Medicare taxes and $6,621.60 for OASDI.

For 2009-10, Gonzalez’s other benefits included $991.68 for dental insurance, $11,149.87 for health care, $109.56 for vision, $501 in life insurance, $150.12 for long-term disability care, $4,942.91 in employer-paid Medicare taxes, and $6,621.60 for OASDI.

Differences in Pay

Kimberly Nava, Sacramento State University’s Director of News Services and the first Cal State public relations official to voluntarily disclose to CalWatchDog.com the total amount of executive compensation, said that the difference in salary for the two years was due to furloughs.

In 2008-09, Whitmore’s other benefits included $22,916.63 in bonuses paid by the tax-exempt college foundation, $16,145.05 in welfare benefits, $11,000 in auto allowance and $590.37 in insurance coverage worth greater than $50,000.  For 2009-10, Whitmore’s other benefits included $24,999.96 in bonuses paid by the tax-exempt college foundation, $15,346.64 in welfare benefits, $12,000 in auto allowance and $651.12 in insurance coverage worth greater than $50,000.

San Jose State University’s disclosure of Whitmore’s pay also raises new questions about why the college’s auxiliary foundation, the Tower Foundation of San Jose State University, reported zero compensation paid by the organization or any related organizations to more than a half dozen high-ranking university personnel, including the college’s president, provost, athletic director and several vice-presidents, on federal tax returns for 2007, 2008 and 2009. Larry Carr, SJSU’s Associate Vice President for Public Affairs, told CalWatchDog.com that he would be available Monday to provide an explanation.

In recent weeks, CalWatchDog.com has exposed a series of attempts by Cal State officials that has misled the public about CSU’s executive compensation. Last week, CalWatchDog.com first reported that the California State University Office of the Chancellor understated the annual compensation of San Francisco State University President Robert Corrigan by as much as $52,787.

Earlier this month, CalWatchDog.com revealed that Cal State Los Angeles President James Rosser reported $515,612 in annual compensation to the IRS for the 2009-10 tax year. In at least five instances, Cal State officials have falsely claimed or implied Rosser’s compensation was nearly $200,000 less. On March 12, the California State University system falsely claimed to have received a 2012 Sunshine Award, which recognizes “the most transparent government websites in the nation.”

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Comments(14)
  1. Rex The Wonder Dog! says:

    I am shocked it is only 50% of base salary-with many of these public safety jobs the benefits can be MUCH more than 50%.

  2. beelzebub says:

    These are the same scoundrels who coax financially ignorant 19 year old kids into their classrooms with $50,000-$100,000 educational loans that can’t be discharged in bankrupcy court effectively turning them into perpetual debt slaves. I just read that $270B of student loan payments are 30 days or more delinquent! Can’t squeeze blood from a turnip in a job market with a REAL U/E rate of 17%. :D Just a matter of time before they bring the old debtor prisons back. That would keep those GED prison guards making $100k plus a year busy, eh???

  3. PJ says:

    Let’s not overlook the travel budget. Why do numerous administrators have to fly all over the world to “conferences” on education?

  4. Rex The Wonder Dog! says:

    These are the same scoundrels who coax financially ignorant 19 year old kids into their classrooms with $50,000-$100,000 educational loans that can’t be discharged in bankruptcy court effectively turning them into perpetual debt slaves. I just read that $270B of student loan payments are 30 days or more delinquent! Can’t squeeze blood from a turnip in a job market with a REAL U/E rate of 17

    The student loan industry is a mafia shake down in many respects, running ram,pant with fraud. It has gotten that way from two issues-1) the wall street and Big Business rip offs that now own the SL companies liek Sallie Mae and all of their umbrella companies have bought off the congress to make a new debtors prison out of student loans which is 100% unconstitutional, and the courts have allowed the Congress to change the terms of contracts in student loans with impunity, like taking away the statute of limitations which is 100% unconstitutional.

    It is Big Business buying off the Congress AND the courts.

    Here, read this for a good idea of the scams and fraud of student loan companies, congress and our Great leader Obama;

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-26/obama-relies-on-debt-collectors-profiting-from-student-loan-woe.html

    “Campos agreed to have the money deducted each month from his bank account, even though federal student-loan rules would let him pay less and become eligible for a plan — approved by Congress and touted by President Obama — requiring him to lay out about $50 a month. To satisfy Pioneer, Campos borrowed from friends, cut meat from his diet and stopped buying gas to drive his 82-year-old mother to doctor’s visits for her Parkinson’s Disease.”

    Thsi is our new country-rip off the poor and those leats able to help themselves and enrich the top% who are the only ones benefiting from this scam.

    Google “Al Lord” the CEO of Sallie Mae-he built an 18 hole private gold course on his estate. That was 100% off the backs of poor student loan borrowers.

  5. Rex The Wonder Dog! says:

    BTW, Pioneer Collections in the above article is owned 100% by Sallie Mae.

  6. beelzebub says:

    “1) the wall street and Big Business rip offs that now own the SL companies liek Sallie Mae and all of their umbrella companies have bought off the congress to make a new debtors prison out of student loans which is 100% unconstitutional, and the courts have allowed the Congress to change the terms of contracts in student loans with impunity, like taking away the statute of limitations which is 100% unconstitutional”

    Bingo! You got it, rex!

    Other than child support arrears and taxes, student loan debt is one of the only forms of debt that can’t be discharged in bankruptcy court. What a huge sham – which is also unconstitutional, btw.

    You see, if Mr. Bankster makes a crap student loan to a poor risk he is not forced to eat the loss since the student loan is guaranteed by the government. So it’s alot like the housing bubble. The banksters sold mortgage loans to indigents with lousy credit scores because they knew Uncle Sam had their backs. Same with the student loans. Exactly the same. How’s that for crony capitalism?

    The goverment should get out of the educational loan business alltogether. And the kids should be allowed to discharge student debt in bankruptcy court. With those two policies enacted the cost of education would PLUMMET and come down to reasonable levels. But Mr. University President and Mr. Bankster would stomp their feet, hold their breath and turn blue. So it will NEVER happen. It’s a rigged system – just like all the other systems the government involves itself in.

    Our universities are full of idiots. Large numbers of kids are forced to take remedial studies when entering college for what they didn’t learn in our high school. I knew many, many fellow students in college who had absolutely no business being there. It took them 7 years to get a BA or BS because they majored in partying. Many of these kids are taking majors that won’t get them a $12/hr job in the real world. It’s a total sham. Borderline criminal IMO!

  7. beelzebub says:

    Here, take a gawk at this:

    “Fitch discloses something rather troubling, namely that of the $1 trillion + in student debt outstanding, “as many as 27% of all student loan borrowers are more than 30 days past due.” In other words at least $270 billion in student loans are no longer current (extrapolating the delinquency rate into the total loans outstanding)”

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/first-crack-270-billion-student-loans-are-least-30-days-delinquent

    This is a financial disaster waiting to happen. Just like with the housing bubble. They are doing the same thing with college education loans as they did with home mortgages. The victims here are the financially naive kids who sign their lives away to become debt slaves early on. This is a debt that they are prohibited from discharging through bankruptcy law. The evil banksters give the kids these loans knowing full well that they will NEVER be responsible for any loan that goes bad. They just pass the loss off to the taxpayer. Easy come, easy go. The banksters love it. The university staffs love it. For them it a full employment program – at greatly inflated salaries and pensions. This is what they call ‘capitalism’ in America! :D

  8. beelzebub says:

    Check it out:

    “Almost two-thirds of U.S. student- loan borrowers misunderstood or were surprised by aspects of their loans or the student-loan process, a study shows.

    About 20 percent of the respondents in an online survey said the amount of their monthly payments was unexpected, according to the study released today by Young Invincibles, a nonprofit group in Washington that represents the interests of 18-to-34 year-olds. The respondents had an average of $76,000 in student debt”

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-21/student-borrowers-lack-understanding-of-loan-terms-study-shows.html

    These are predatory loans, plain and simple. This is the fuel is that is driving the growth in your fake economy!

    You see, if they fully disclosed the terms of the loans and the consequences involved for signing onto one – the kids would run in the opposite direction like bats out of hell……AND THE CLASSROOMS WOULD BE EMPTY!

    Therefore, deception is the necessary ingredient that keeps Mr. Bankster and Mr. University President in business! :)

    Selling a student loan to a naive bubbleheaded 19 year old kid is about as easy as swiping candy from a baby.

  9. Rex The Wonder Dog! says:

    These are predatory loans, plain and simple

    I borrowed $6K, and within 15 years after graduation Sallie Mae had fraudulently ran that $6K up to $80K.

    They not only predatory, they are fraudulent. How else can Al Lord, Sallie Mae CEO, build an 18 hole gold course in his backyard-that money is not coming form manufacturing or commerce, it is being fraudulently ripped off from the backs of the poor.

  10. Beelzebub says:

    Truth in lending my butt.

    I bet if you polled the naive kids who signed their lives away with massive student debtloads that 90% were unaware at signing that the debt cannot be discharged in bankrupcy court and literally follows them to the grave. I bet that 95% of them were unaware at signing that $270B of the outstanding $1T in student debt is delinquent 30 days or more. That basically means that the borrowers can’t find a damn job to pay down the principal or interest. But when the the bright-eyed optimist enrolled to be a sociology major the university academic counselor told him that a BA in Sociology would open many doors for job opportunties. But he didn’t mention were that the jobs included dressing up in a chicken costume and directing motorists to a fast food restaurant. I bet 97% of them were unaware that their student loans were helping to fund $600,000 compensation packages for the University President and a nice retirement @ age 55.

  11. Bob says:

    When are AmeroCons going to learn that “higher education” is one of the biggest rip-offs there is?

  12. Bob says:

    Well, idiot brainwashed Colliefornians (as Ahnode sez) seem to want to pay higher taxes…the fools are swallowing that old buzzard Geriatric Brown’s tax increases hook line and sinker.

    Strong majority backs Jerry Brown’s tax-hike initiative

    http://articles.latimes.com/2012/mar/25/local/la-me-state-poll-20120326

  13. Beelzebub says:

    Bob, you expect too much from the average human. It wasn’t that long ago when we were all walking on all four.

    Instead of punishing the ones who have mismanaged the public treasure by deficit spending and declaring a war on all new taxes – we go for each other’s throats.

    The general consensus is that higher taxes are good as long as the other guy has to foot the bill.

    Personally I don’t put too much credibility in the polls until we are 6 weeks away from the elections.

    Don’t lose hope yet.

  14. Rex The Wonder Dog! says:

    Bob, do you recall what the polls said when Arnold wanted to raise our “temporary texas” (that last forever)????? It was about 65% in favor, how did that FINALLY WORKOUT?

    Polls can also cause bias reporting due to the wording and semantics pf the warding. I am telling you right now-Clowns tax hikes are DOA.

    BTW-read the comments in that LA Times article, and then try to tell me 65% are in favor of the tax hikes.

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