A 5-year-old salary deal is getting so much recent attention that University of Iowa officials plan to meet today to discuss it.
Over the weekend the Des Moines Register broke a story about UI President Sally Mason's special salary deal. In addition to his salary as a science instructor, Ken Mason reportedly receives more than $50,000 to attend university fundraising events. The position is funded by the University of Iowa Foundation
What's more, it's unclear at the moment who signed off on the deal.
The university says Ken Mason’s 2007 appointment as both a “presidential fundraiser” and a lecturer in the biology department — giving him a total compensation of more than $107,000 a year — was agreed to by former Board of Regents President Michael Gartner when he negotiated the deal to hire Sally Mason away from Purdue University.
But Gartner says he has no recollection of such an agreement and said the Regents don’t offer faculty appointments since that is a function of the universities themselves.
UI Foundation Spokesman Forrest Meyer told the Daily Iowan that university officials would meet Monday to discuss Mason's special salary.