Retired UMD chancellor still draws high salaryAs chancellor of the University of Minnesota Duluth, Kathryn A. Martin was the campus’ highest-paid employee, drawing $233,250 in 2010.
By: Jana Hollingsworth, Duluth News Tribune
As chancellor of the University of Minnesota Duluth, Kathryn A. Martin was the campus’ highest-paid employee, drawing $233,250 in 2010.
Now, as UMD’s former chancellor following her July retirement, she’ll still be the third-highest-paid, drawing the same salary but on an 80 percent appointment. That means she will earn $186,600 this academic year for “administrative transitional leave” duties.
Martin’s new status, which begins Oct. 1 and will last for 15 months, is typical of high-level university employees as they retire, said
U of M spokesman Daniel Wolter. He said her duties will include “select administrative assignments for the university that draw on her expertise and experience.
“The university believes it appropriate in light of her 15 years of service as chancellor, which is a very long time by university standards,” Wolter said, noting that long-standing senior administrators typically receive their full salary during transitional leaves. He also cited her success at fundraising for UMD.
In an interview with the News Tribune shortly after announcing her retirement last year, Martin said she would remain at UMD working on international development with alumni in Europe and Asia. She also said her personal interests were to work as a children’s docent at UMD’s Tweed Museum of Art, work at the Duluth Art Institute and Duluth Playhouse and spend more time directing theater.
Wolter said Martin’s assignments have yet to be fully determined, but they will include advising the new chancellor, Lynn Black, as well as teaching, fundraising and completing academic work related to her time as chancellor.
Black’s salary is $250,000, minus a 2.3 percent temporary pay reduction for administrators this year, Wolter said.
Wolter said Martin will not be drawing a pension, because the U of M doesn’t have a pension program for senior administrators. Those employees have a defined contribution plan, equivalent to an IRA or 401 (k).
Martin did not receive bonuses the past two years, but did get a housing allowance and deferred compensation, as did the university system’s other chancellors. She will no longer receive those benefits. A tenured professor within UMD’s School of Fine Arts, her benefits will be the same as those for faculty members.
Denise Osterholm, president of AFSCME Local 3801 that represents UMD’s clerical and technical workers, decried the amount of money being paid to Martin while the university forces rank and file employees to take three furlough days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
Saying the union tried to negotiate for voluntary furloughs, Osterholm said: “They wouldn’t lean in our direction, but they are willing to lean toward Kathryn Martin, ex-chancellor, to give her a whole bunch of money in this time of crisis.”
Martin, however, is not the only former top public university official in the country to continue to command a high salary after retirement.
At the University of Oregon last year, Dave Frohnmayer retired after 15 years as president, for which he earned $245,700 yearly. He stayed on for a six-week consultancy at the same rate, or $28,000, according to the Eugene, Ore., Register-Guard.
At Tennessee State University, James Hefner retired after 14 years as president and continued receiving his $155,000 salary during a 2006 academic year fellowship at Harvard, the Nashville Tennessean reported. Most of his salary was paid to him for teaching duties he intended to resume following the fellowship, plus $35,000 as president emeritus.