Higher Ed Officials Schedule Meeting to Discuss Controversial University of Iowa Salary Deal

University officials say then-Regent Michael Gartner agreed to the deal with UI President Sally Mason's husband, but Gartner says he doesn't remember it.


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.

B.A. Morelli May 07, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Not passing judgement, but if one-third of the university president's job is spent on fundraising, which was the case at least a few years ago, and her husband is expected to be an active fundraiser with her, why shouldn't he be paid?
Maria Houser Conzemius May 10, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Brian, has the wife of a male University of Iowa president ever been paid a dime unless she was an established professor in her own right? She surely never got paid for fundraising. Wait and see if the next male president's wife gets paid for fundraising. Then we'll know for sure.
Maria Houser Conzemius May 10, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Brian, just to let you know, I always thought you were the best reporter at the Press-Citizen and you still are.


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