N.C. community college presidents’ pay rises, boosting pensions for some

Matt Zalaznick's picture
Thursday, November 21, 2013

Gordon Burns paid close attention three years ago as state lawmakers considered legislation to lift a cap on the salaries of community college presidents.

Burns is the longtime president of Wilkes Community College, a relatively small school in the mountains with the equivalent of 3,300 full-time students. He was nearing retirement and, with a salary and longevity pay of $208,000, had bumped up against that salary cap. But he was also receiving roughly $80,000 in local money for housing, an annuity and travel each year that could not be factored in to boost his pension.

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