Thu May 8, 2014
Kentucky's Community College Leader Earns Six-Figures, Even After He Retires
Michael McCall is the president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System—and he's among the highest-paid community college administrators in the U.S.
And he'll still earn six-figures after he retires in January.
In its latest story, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting found that KCTCS has agreed to pay McCall $324,321 for a year after he leaves his job. As president emeritus, he'll be expected to perform duties at the request of the next KCTCS president.
KyCIR's James McNair reports that McCall received a total of $641,699 in 2013—including "a $317,962 base salary, a $78,509 bonus and a $90,000 housing allowance. He also receives an automobile allowance of $3,600 per month, or $43,200 per year. All with taxpayers’ and students’ dollars."
The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn’t keep tabs on presidents emeriti, but there are enough of them to pack a large lecture hall. Kentucky has spawned its share. Like Lee Todd Jr. of the University of Kentucky, Doug Whitlock of Eastern Kentucky University and James Votruba and Leon Boothe of Northern Kentucky University. Morehead State University has three. The private University of Pikeville has two.
Unlike McCall, those nine aren’t paid for their post-presidential standing.
Meanwhile, state colleges—including KCTCS—have undergone state budget cuts in recent years. KyCIR reports that KCTCS this year cut $9.4 percent from its day-to-day spending.
In-state tuition at KCTCS schools is $144 per credit hour. The state has OKed a 4-percent tuition increase for the next school year.