Former President Wilson Not Overpaid, UMass Board Says

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A University of Massachusetts committee meeting to determine whether the system is overpaying former president Jack Wilson concluded yesterday that his current salary is appropriate, and some members also said that chancellors at the respective colleges are underpaid.

The committee convened in response to a Globe report that Wilson is receiving his presidential pay of $425,000 while on sabbatical this year. Wilson’s final contract also sets a limit for his salary as a professor at UMass Lowell starting next summer that is much higher than a previously negotiated limit. None of those arrangements were discussed or approved by the full UMass board of trustees.

Committee members said yesterday the higher limit was an inadvertent error. Wilson has agreed to accept the lower limit instead. State Secretary of Education Paul Reville said at the meeting that the change should be formalized in writing.

Otherwise, committee members said, they did not see any need for altering Wilson’s deal.

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