Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pitt Chancellor to Get Raise Plus Deferred Pay Bonus of $500,000

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pitt Chancellor to Get Raise Plus Deferred Pay Bonus of $500,000

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University of Pittsburgh chancellor Patrick Gallagher is due to receive a 2.25 percent raise in 2019 as well as a $500,000 bonus, the result of compensation deferred since 2014 as an incentive to keep him in office through next year.

A committee of Pitt's board of trustees met remotely Thursday via conference call to approve compensation for him and other university officers for the coming 12 months. The officers generally received the same 2.25 percent salary increases, though the school's business and operations officer, Gregory Scott, also was awarded a 1.5 percent market adjustment.

The vote by the board's compensation committee means Mr. Gallagher's total compensation with bonus will top $1 million. That includes a new base salary of $555,000.

Mr. Gallagher was named chancellor in February 2014, but he did not receive a pay raise until a 2.25 percent increase last year.

However, the committee deferred compensation of $100,000 each year, payable in 2019, if he remained in office until then.

Pitt board chair Eva Tansky Blum alluded to strong progress by the university under Mr. Gallagher's leadership.

"The university continues to flourish, providing a world-class education for tens of thousands of students," she said.

Material accompanying the resolution Thursday included three pages of highlights from Mr. Gallagher's 2018 annual report, citing gains in areas from research and education to diversity and community outreach.

Officials said the committee also relied on job evaluations and input from Pay Governance LLC, an executive compensation consultant that examined compensation at peer public universities within the Association of American Universities.

Along with Mr. Gallagher, others whose base salaries were set by the committee Thursday included:

* Arthur Levine, senior vice chancellor for health sciences and medical school dean, $891,667;

* Kathy Humphrey, senior vice chancellor for engagement and secretary to the board, $418,575;

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