St. Thomas University president earns lowest salary

St. Thomas University pays its president the lowest salary of the four publicly-funded universities in New Brunswick, according to newly-released documents.

Liberal arts university pays 62 staff members more than $100,000

St. Thomas University pays 62 staff and faculty more than $100,000 compared to 408 at the University of New Brunswick.

St. Thomas University pays its president the lowest salary of the four publicly-funded universities in New Brunswick, according to newly-released documents.

Dawn Russell, the president and vice-chancellor of the liberal arts university in Fredericton, is paid between $200,000 and $225,000 a year.

St. Thomas University released a breakdown of the salaries of its administrators and faculty on Thursday morning.

Russell’s annual salary is significantly less than Eddy Campbell, the president and vice-chancellor of the University of New Brunswick, who earns a salary that can hit a maximum of $349,999.

Robert Campbell, the president and vice-chancellor of Mount Allison University in Sackville, can earn a maximum salary of $329,999.

Meanwhile, the University of Moncton pays Raymond Theberge, the institution’s new president, a salary of $250,000.

Russell’s salary also ranks behind other Maritime university presidents.

Sean Riley, the president of St. Francis Xavier, was paid $276,615, Ray Ivany, the president of Acadia University, was paid $250,000 and Colin Dodds, the president of Saint Mary’s University, was paid $226,282, according to a CBC News report in January.

Dawn Russell, the president of St. Thomas University, can earn as much as $225,000, which is the lowest of New Brunswick's four university presidents. ((CBC))

Universities were included in the Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act on Sept. 1. CBC News requested a list of salaries and expenses at the four publicly-funded universities.

The universities initially refused to disclose the information and said the information would be released in December. CBC News appealed the universities’ decision to the province’s information commissioner.

UNB, Mount Allison University and the University of Moncton quietly pushed out their salaries on Friday before the Remembrance Day long weekend without approval from the information commissioner.

St. Thomas University had held onto the salary information awaiting permission from the information commissioner to release the documents.

Russell referenced the ongoing process with the province's information commissioner in a memorandum to staff on Wednesday night.

"We have been working with the privacy commissioner’s office on this issue; however, that process is more lengthy than we had anticipated," Russell said in her notice.

"Given that we currently have a number of requests for salary information outstanding and given the public interest in the issue, we will post this information [Thursday]."

Russell's message to staff also said the university has received "dozens" of information requests from media, students and various third parties since Sept. 1.

STU's staff salaries

St. Thomas University is the smallest university in the province with 2,655 students compared to Mount Allison’s 2,660 students, according to the Association of Atlantic Universities.

Meanwhile, the University of New Brunswick has 10,697 students and the University of Moncton has 5,992 students.

The latest salary figures show universities are offering sizeable compensation packages to faculty and staff.

UNB has 408 employees who earn more than $100,000. There are 87 Mount Allison University staff and faculty who earn more than $100,000.

But St. Thomas University lags behind the others in terms of the number of staff and faculty members earning more than $100,000.

The university has 62 staff and faculty members who earn $100,000 or more, according to its records.

STU has two vice-presidents who earn $150,000 to $174,999.

The liberal arts university has a large number of faculty members who rank among the highest paid people on the STU campus.

A dozen professors earn $125,000 to $149,999, 42 professors earn between $100,000 and $124,999.

The university pays nine directors and 48 professors between $75,000 and $99,999.