MCC Leads Mass. Community Colleges in Six-Figure Salaries

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The number of Middlesex Community College employees taking home more than $100,000 annually has increased sharply since 2010, giving the school the most six-figure earners at any of the state's 15 community colleges.

Out of the 8,682 workers on the community college system payroll, 194 are projected to earn more than $100,000 in 2013 and 23 are employed by Middlesex.

Three years ago, MCC's $38.6 million payroll was topped by 13 six-figure salaries. Ten others have also joined their ranks.

Salary increases at the school are based largely on the state of the overall economy, said MCC Human Resources Director Gary McPhee.

In tight economic times, negotiated pay increases for unionized workers are smaller, McPhee said.

For nonunion employees, which McPhee said make up roughly one-third of the school's staff, annual salary increases must be authorized by state Commissioner of Higher Education Richard Freeland.

"There was a period of about four years, up until two years ago, where there were no increases for nonunion employees at the college because of the economy," McPhee said. "The last two years have been modest."

Middlesex president Carole Cowan, the highest-paid community college employee statewide, saw her earnings swell from $220,458 in 2010 to an annual rate of $252,441 set for this year, an increase of 14.5 percent.

Close behind Cowan in the overall community college system payroll, a list of 8,681 names, is Mount Wachusett Community College President Daniel Asquino. Asquino is projected to earn $248,153 in 2013, up 6 percent from his $233,908 in 2010.

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