In this June photo, a pair of students take a walk on the Brandon University campus. Figures show last year, 101 BU employees earned more than $100,000. (FILE PHOTO)
Last year, 101 Brandon University employees earned more than $100,000.
At the top of the list is former president Deborah Poff with $280,800, followed by Scott Lamont, vice-president of administration and finance, with $180,900. Dean Care, dean and professor of health studies, came in at No. 3 with $170,700.
BU must provide a report of all employees earning more than $50,000 — a requirement under Manitoba’s Public Sector Compensation Disclosure Act.
The Brandon Sun made several requests for an interview with Lamont, or another school official; however, the university would only provide emailed responses through its communications officer, Glen Kirby.
"To recruit and retain outstanding faculty and staff members, we establish compensation levels that are competitive and that support the achievement of excellence in the conduct of the university’s activities," Kirby stated in an email. "The vast majority of the university’s employees, 97 per cent, are covered through collective agreements that define those salaries and compensation."
Employees at BU are represented by five different unions — Brandon University Faculty Association, Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 987, International Union of Operating Engineers and Public Service Alliance of Canada Local 55601.
The compensation list, posted on BU’s website, includes the amount paid, directly or indirectly to employees, including professional fees.
In 2013, BU employed a total of 1,276 full-time and part-time employees. The number of BU employees who earned $50,000 or more is 291.
The total cost of paying the 291 employees was $26.9 million. Of that, $12.5 million went to the 101 people earning six figures.
In 2012, there were 293 employees earning more than $50,000 — a cost of $26.3 million.
Colin Craig, Prairie director with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, said universities tend to have high salaries, which might cause people to "pause and wonder if there are ways that universities can be more cost effective."
One suggestion Craig had was to employ more part-time professors.
"In business schools quite often you’ll see someone who’s in an industry come in and teach a class at night or during the day," Craig said. "That’s one way universities could keep costs down."
As unions push for tenure, it may be difficult to do, Craig said, "but at the end of the day, it’s students and taxpayers that have to pay more."
A few administrative managers saw a significant increase from 2012 to 2013, including Sharon Hooper whose compensation went up by $21,000. Hooper is listed as BU’s chief human resources officer.
"That’s well above inflation for sure," Craig said. "It’s certainly a jump that causes one to look twice."
Professor Marion Terry saw an increase of $20,000 from 2012 to 2013. Professors Kenneth Beesley and Alison Marshall saw an increase of roughly $17,000, while professor Peter Rombough’s compensation increased by $19,000. Manager/professional officer Deborah Berkan saw a bump of $24,000. Most other increases were in the range of $2,000 to $10,000.
Kirby said factors above and beyond the negotiated pay steps for faculty that may influence earnings include sabbatical leave and teaching additional courses.
"In addition, faculty may request to move from a junior ranking (i.e. associate professor) to full professor. It is the president’s role to decide in all matters of faculty promotion, taking into account the recommendations of a departmental committee, university-wide committee, and the faculty dean," Kirby stated in an email.
Regarding administrative staff within the "exempt staff" classification, earnings may be influenced by position reclassification and/or the starting date of employment.
Brandon University’s previous president Lou Visentin, who held the position from 2000 to 2009 earned $232,000 in 2008, the last full calendar year of his term. In 2012, Poff earned $273,000.
Kirby noted these figures are not adjusted to account for five years of inflation.
"Finding the appropriate remuneration for staff is an ongoing challenge for a public institution mindful of salaries and administrative spending," Kirby stated via email. "Brandon University, compared with other post-secondary institutions in Canada, has one of the lowest costs for administration in relation to overall expenditures, and faculty and program delivery."
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Who earned more than $100K in 2013?
In 2013, the total number of Brandon University employees whose compensation was $50,000 or more was 291 and 101 employees made the six-figures list.
Top 30 earners at BU in 2013
1. Deborah Poff, president — $280,847.43
2. Scott Lamont, vice-president (administration & finance) — $180,955.85
3. Dean Care, professor — $170,777.78
4. Bruce Strang, professor — $157,541.30
5. Michael Kim, professor — $152,442.37
6. Patrick Carrabre, professor — $151,515.21
7. Jerry Hemmings, professor — $151,415.27
8. Sharon Hooper, manager and professional officer — $150,384.81
9. Gwynfor Richards, professor — $147,360.96
10. Kenneth Beesley, professor — $147,360.96
11. Peter Rombough, professor — $147,260.97
12. Robin Enns, professor — $147,213.16
13. Meir Serfaty, professor — $146,764.99
14. Austin Gulliver, professor — $146,764.99
15. William Paton, professor — $146,764.99
16. Jeffrey Williams, professor — $146,665.33
17. Nancy Stanley, professor — $146,614.27
18. Deborah Berkan, manager and professional officer — $144,161.50
19. Len Zarry, professor — $144,023.60
20. Susan Roddy, professor — $142,511.97
21. Kissonpersad Binda, professor — $139,757.31
22. Patrick Morrissette, professor — $137,071.26
23. Douglas Pickering, professor — $136,796.86
24. Phillip Goernert, professor — $134,912.16
25. Laurelyn Whitt, professor — $134,475.27
26. Barbara Gfellner, professor — $133,586.81
27. Scott Grills, professor — $132,981.39
28. Faiz Ahmad, professor — $132,781.39
29. Margaret Carrington, professor — $132,781.39
30. Barry Corenblum, professor — $132,344.02
University of Winnipeg’s top 10 earners in 2013
1. Lloyd Axworthy, president and vice-chancellor — $305,370.41 *
2. Neil Besner, provost and vice-president academic and international — $195,624.32
3. Bill Balan, vice-president finance and admin, chief admin officer — $190,963.62
4. Sylvie Albert, dean of business and economics — $182,855.65
5. Ken McCluskey, dean of education — $180,306.47
6. Laurel Repski, vice-president human resources, audit, sustainability — $176,253.35 **
7. David Fitzpatrick, dean of kinesiology — $170,827.35
8. James Currie, dean of science — $168,681.18
9. Colin Morrison, corporate secretary and university counsel — $166,316.10
10. Sandra Kirby, assoc. vice-president research, dean of graduate studies — $162,030.20
* Salary includes taxable benefits. Four per cent of base salary donated to scholarships.
** Participant of voluntary days off without pay program.
These salaries do not include UWinnipeg Foundation Inc. or UWinnipeg
Community Renewal Corporation employees.
University of Regina’s top four earners in 2013:
• Vianne Timmons, president — $350,000
• Thomas Chase, provost and vice-president of academic — $289,170
• Dennis Fitzpatrick, vice-president of research — $262,013
• Dave Button, vice-president of administration — $234,408
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 13, 2014