Arkansas Business Weekly Edition

October 20, 2014

Top College Officials See Sizable Pay Raises

Top College Officials See Sizable Pay Raises

Arkansas Business reviewed the Administrator's Compensation Survey reports filed with the state Department of Higher Education for the 2010 and 2014 fiscal years. In the four-year period, the number of six-figure employees included in the report increased from 460 to 703. read more >

16 Arkansas Public School Superintendent Jobs Top $200,000

The list includes 247 current-year superintendents of public school districts and a few charter schools, and it ranks them by the total compensation package — salary plus benefits — paid to the superintendent of that school district in the 2013-14 academic year. read more >

UA Confronts Old Infrastructure to Make Campus Wireless

During the past two years, UA has installed 1,000 wireless access points in residence halls and academic buildings; officials say that's the halfway point of getting the UA tuned in wirelessly to the Internet. read more >

Whispers

Baptist Health Struck With Buyer's Remorse Over WLR School Deal

Baptist Health Struck With Buyer's Remorse Over WLR School Deal

The 121,211-SF facility was repurchased for $8.5 million last month from BCP-Colonel Glenn LLC, whose ownership includes Sam Alley, secretary-treasurer of the Baptist Health Foundation Board of Trustees. read more >

This Week's List

16 Arkansas Public School Superintendent Jobs Top $200,000

16 Arkansas Public School Superintendent Jobs Top $200,000

The list includes 247 current-year superintendents of public school districts and a few charter schools, and it ranks them by the total compensation package — salary plus benefits — paid to the superintendent of that school district in the 2013-14 academic year. read more >


Rank Name School District Salary & Benefits
1 Rollins, Jimmy D. Springdale School District 336,399
2 Watson, Linda Pine Bluff School District 334,227
3 Hewitt, Paul Fayetteville School District 325,249
4 Suggs, Dexter Little Rock School District 275,247
5 Darr, Margaret J. Rogers School District 270,137

Executive Q&A

Hendrix President Bill Tsutsui Says Private Education Affordable in a Roundabout Way

Hendrix President Bill Tsutsui Says Private Education Affordable in a Roundabout Way

Bill Tsutsui was announced as president of Hendrix in November and assumed office in June. He also is a history professor and author or editor of eight books, including Manufacturing Ideology: Scientific Management in Twentieth-Century Japan and Godzilla on My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters. read more >

Spotlight: Education & Business

UCA, UALR Redesign Their MBA Programs

UCA, UALR Redesign Their MBA Programs

Two central Arkansas universities have redesigned their MBA programs recently in an effort to better meet the needs of students and employers and to set themselves apart from other schools. read more >

Census Says Higher Salaries Follow Advanced Degrees

Census Says Higher Salaries Follow Advanced Degrees

Average wages generally are higher for occupations requiring more education, though they don't always track exactly. read more >

Opinion & Analysis

Tom Cotton and Me (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Tom Cotton and Me (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

If you care about these things, you know that last week I interrupted Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., during his so-called “debate” against three opponents in the race for U.S. Senate in order to ask him to actually address my question. read more >

EPA Proposals Threaten Arkansas (Jason Rapert Commentary)

EPA Proposals Threaten Arkansas (Jason Rapert Commentary)

Arkansas is fortunate to have among the lowest electricity prices in the nation. Unfortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency's newest proposed carbon rule poses a grave threat to our ability to produce electricity affordably and reliably, and that spells bad news for homeowners and business owners across the state. read more >

Yes on Issue No. 3 (D.E. Ray Feedback)

Yes on Issue No. 3 (D.E. Ray Feedback)

D.E. Ray says the ethics portion of Issue 3 is very important and will help break the hold that lobbyists have had over legislators since term limits made individual legislators weaker. read more >

Support EPA Requirement (Barbara Jarvis Feedback)

Support EPA Requirement (Barbara Jarvis Feedback)

Here is another reason to support the EPA's requirement to lower greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. read more >

It's What We Do (Editorial)

It's What We Do (Editorial)

Technological changes that moved news off a page and onto the Internet resulted in publishing being moved into a new sector, the information sector. Regardless of the medium, gathering and disseminating news remain labor and time intensive. read more >