State rep from Salem resigns to take high-level job at Salem State

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Salem State University has chosen state Rep. John D. Keenan, a Democrat from Salem, as its next vice president for administration, the university announced Monday.

Keenan, who has represented the Salem area in the state Legislature for the past decade and announced in the spring that he would not seek re-election, will report directly to Salem State President Patricia Maguire Meservey. In his new role, he will handle the university’s day-to-day operations, which includes capital planning, and facilities, human resources, information technology, risk and asset management and university police, according to a press release from Salem State University.

He will earn $180,000 in compensation in his new role with Salem State University, a university spokeswoman said. Keenan currently earns less than $80,000 a year, according to a state-run database that discloses the salaries of public officials.

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