The University of Arkansas Board of Trustees recently approved a round of campus pay raises in excess of line-item maximums allowed by law and, as ever, attention was focused on athletics at the Fayetteville campus.
Separate resolutions adopted by the Board:
* Approved pay for three faculty members of the Division of Agriculture: $230,175 for department chair Lalit Verma; $220,319 for distinguished professor Rodolfo Nayga and $185,000 for professor Jason Norsworthy.
* And then there was UA-Fayetteville, where a list of more than 80 pay raises were approved, nearly all of them in the athletic department, ranging from pay of $71,000 for an assistant trainer to $3.35 million (including potential post-season bonuses) for basketball coach Mike Anderson and $5.2 million for football coach Chad Morris, with dozens of six-figure men and women in-between.
There’s nary a poet or history prof on the list. None of them apparently merited departure from statutes. A few non-athletic bigshots did get consideration.
There was Provost James Coleman at $315,000 plus a $12,000 car allowance; Chancellor Emeritus and Professor G. David
Football dominates the list of pay raises, as you’ll see, but it was spread