Now-Retired MNSCU Chancellor Got $50,000 In Performance Pay In 2010

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The former chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system received $50,000 in performance pay for his work last year, once again raising the ire of union officials who represent rank-and-file employees.

The decision to give now-retired Chancellor James McCormick his performance pay was made by the Board of Trustees in June. But members left the amount to the discretion of chairman Scott Thiss, who announced Monday that McCormick received the full $50,000 allowed under the contract. McCormick's base salary was $360,000.

Thiss said McCormick worked diligently in his last year with MnSCU and met all of his performance goals. Those included leading an initiative to make applying, registering, transferring schools and paying bills much easier for students, as well as a program to grow and retain leaders within the MnSCU system.

"This is performance pay, not a bonus. It must be earned," Thiss said. "We had a very specific set of goals for the chancellor, and he met them."

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