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

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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