After Hardin, State Pay Lists Improved

by Gwen Moritz  on Monday, Sep. 29, 2008 12:00 am  

Hardin, who is officially on sabbatical from UCA until the current fiscal year ends on June 30, is No. 4 on the list of state employees with total compensation of $508,540. However, his resignation – announced Aug. 28 – is accompanied by a buyout worth almost $700,000.

The man who has taken over Hardin's duties, Interim President Tom Courtway, isn't even on the list. UCA confirmed that his salary has not been raised from the $133,200 he was paid as general counsel and director of governmental relations.

Courtway has one new perk: "He does now have a Dodge Intrepid that was from the UCA motor pool," said Rita Fleming, associate vice president and associate general counsel.

Reading the Lists

This year's lists are more heavily footnoted than in the past, another indication of how complicated a complete accounting of state pay can be. Both the UAMS list and the general state employees list break down total compensation into three categories: salary, other public compensation and other private compensation. The general state employees list also indicates – yes or no – whether the individual's compensation package includes either housing or a vehicle. In some cases, as for Sugg and Hardin, housing is actually provided; for others it may mean additional pay as a housing allowance. The same is true of vehicles; some employees are actually provided with cars while some get an allowance.

Most of the coaches employed by the University of Arkansas are given the use of complimentary cars by local dealerships. The estimated taxable value of those "comp" cars is listed as "other private compensation."

A notable exception is Willy Robinson, the Razorbacks' defensive coordinator, and No. 12 on the state employees' list. He declined the use of a comp car, according to Don Pederson, vice chancellor of finance and administration (and No. 55 on the list).

Most of the UAMS employees on the list are eligible for performance bonuses, but they are paid after the end of the fiscal year in which they are earned. Therefore, the "total compensation" figure on the UAMS list includes the current year's salary and any bonus paid for last year's performance. Some employees also receive private salary supplements from the UAMS Foundation, according to Leslie Welch Taylor, associate vice chancellor for communication and marketing.

Points of Interest

• Bobby Petrino's brother, Paul Vincent Petrino, offensive coordinator for the Razorbacks, is No. 9 on the list of highest-paid state employees with a $300,000 salary and a comp car valued at $14,143 per year. That's about the same as his predecessor, David Lee, was paid last year.

• On Sept. 19, the UA Board of Trustees bumped up the salaries of several employees. One of the biggest raises went to Beverly Rouse Lewis, director of women's athletics (although gender has been removed from athletic titles). Her salary went from $220,000 to $300,000. She also drives a comp car valued at $8,250 a year.



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