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Pitt Chancellor Gallagher’s compensation to top $1 million in 2019

Deb Erdley

University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher will take home more than $1 million next year, thanks to a 2.25 percent raise that will raise his base salary to $555,000 and the payout of a $500,000 deferred bonus he was scheduled to receive upon completing his five-year contract in 2019.

Even so, Gallagher who has led the research university since 2014, pulls in far less than Pitt football coach Pat Narduzzi. University records revealed Narduzzi received a base salary of $1.8 million and total compensation of approximately $3 million in 2016-17.

Gallagher was among five top university leaders the Pitt Board of Trustees awarded 2.25 percent raises Thursday. Others on that list and their new salaries include: Kathy Humphrey, senior vice chancellor for engagement and secretary of the Board of Trustees, $418,575; Arthur Levine, senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and John and Gertrude Petersen Dean of the School of Medicine, $891,667; Robert Rutenbar, senior vice chancellor for research, $414,600; Greg Scott, senior vice chancellor for business and operations, $350,375 (Scott also received a 1.5 percent market adjustment above his 2018 base salary); and Geovette Washington, senior vice chancellor and chief legal officer, $418,575.

In addition to their raises, each of them will receive an additional $5,600 to compensate for Pitt’s decision to eliminate vehicles it previously supplied to top administration officials.

Pitt officials said the raises awarded top administrators are consistent with merit increases the university awarded faculty and staff earlier this year.

A 2017 Chronicle of Higher Education survey of compensation for 250 public university presidents found the average was $560,000, or a hair above what Gallagher’s 2019 base pay without his deferred compensation bonus.

Deb Erdley is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Deb at 724-850-1209, [email protected] or via Twitter @deberdley_trib.


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