UNB president's salary could hit $349,999

Three New Brunswick universities quietly disclosed the salaries of their top officials on the Friday before the Remembrance Day long weekend.

Mount Allison University pays its president as much as $329,999

University of New Brunswick president Eddy Campbell earns an annual salary that could hit as much as $349,999 and 408 staff and professors at the province’s largest university earn salaries of more than $100,000, according to newly released documents.

The University of New Brunswick released a document showing its president earns between $325,000 and $349,999. But UNB isn’t the only post-secondary institution in New Brunswick that pays its president upwards of $300,000.

Mount Allison University’s Robert Campbell can earn a salary as high as $329,999, according to a document posted on its website.

Eddy Campbell, the president of the University of New Brunswick, could earn as much as $349,999. (University of New Brunswick)

And Yvon Fontaine, the former president of the University of Moncton, earned a salary range that maxed out at $300,000 in the last year, while his successor Raymond Théberge earns a salary of $250,000, according to the university.

The three New Brunswick universities quietly disclosed the salaries of their top officials on Friday.

Universities have never been required to publicly disclose how much they pay their faculty and staff even though the provincial government funds a portion of their annual budgets.

The information released on Friday shows university presidents in New Brunswick are well paid compared to their counterparts in Nova Scotia.

Raymond Théberge, the president of the University of Moncton earns a salary of $250,000. (CBC)

Tom Traves, the president of Dalhousie University, earned $393,264 in 2011-12, according to a CBC News report in January.

While Traves would be the highest paid university president in the two provinces, the presidents of UNB, Mount Allison University would come before the next highest-paid president of a Nova Scotia university.

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.

UNB pays top wages

Disclosure timing

CBC News requested the salaries and expenses of the top officials at New Brunswick’s four publicly-funded universities in September, once the institutions were added to the Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Each of the universities refused to disclose the information and said the information would be released by Dec. 3.

CBC News appealed the universities’ responses to the province’s Office of the Information Commissioner.

Anne Bertrand’s office had been working with the universities on the appeal. The commissioner’s policy on settling complaints states her office reviews all material before it is sent back to the individual who filed the complaint.

The University of New Brunswick, University of Moncton and Mount Allison University released information on Friday afternoon before the Remembrance Day long weekend before consulting the information commissioner's office.

The three universities each sent notices between 3:44 p.m. and 5:16 p.m.

St. Thomas University did not release its salaries on Friday afternoon. The university is still working with the commissioner’s office on its release of salary information.

The province’s largest university boasts the largest number of salaries of more than $100,000, according to the latest information.

UNB, which has 10,697 students, has a budget of $178.4 million and 408 employees who earn more than $100,000.

There are 200 UNB employees who earned between $100,000 to $124,999, including 60 associate professors and 76 professors. There are 158 UNB employees who earn between $125,000 and $149,999, including 118 professors.

The 39 employees within the $150,000 to $174,999 pay range tend to be associate deans and deans, as well as 17 professors.

Seven of the 10 employees who earn between $175,000 and $224,999 are vice presidents, an associate dean and the dean of education.

The Department of Public Safety has a $142-million budget, which is close to UNB’s annual budget. The department has seven employees who earn more than $100,000, as well as its minister. None of the employees made more than $150,000 in 2011-12.

NB Power is one government agency that has more employees with salaries of $100,000 or more than UNB.

Gaëtan Thomas, the president and chief executive officer of the power corporation, can earn a maximum salary of $324,999, which is less than UNB’s president.

However, there were roughly 630 employees with salaries of $100,000 or above in 2011-12.

Other universities

The University of Moncton saw its long-time president Yvon Fontaine retire in the last year and be replaced by Raymond Théberge.

Théberge is paid a salary of $250,000, according to a document released to CBC News.

He started at the university on June 1. The university has 5,992 students, according to the Association of Atlantic Universities.

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Meanwhile, the university said Fontaine was paid between $275,000 and $300,000.

But it is not clear if the salary listed by the university contains a retirement package or if it is a straight salary.

The University of Moncton has not disclosed the salary ranges of its senior staff and faculty.

Mount Allison University also released some information about its highest paid staff on Friday evening.

While Campbell makes upwards of $329,999 as its president, there are 87 other Mount Allison University staff and faculty who earn more than $100,000.

Three of the university’s vice-presidents earn between $155,000 and $179,999.

As well, one vice-president earns between $130,000 and $154,999, along with 23 faculty members.

And 47 faculty members have salaries ranging between $105,000 and $129,999.

Mount Allison University has 2,660 students.

More information needed

The Federation of New Brunswick Faculty Associations is still seeking more information from the province's universities about salaries for their top officials.

The federation, which represents faculty members and librarians at universities in the province, is still looking for the universities to divulge information about salary increases over a longer period of time.

Elisabeth Hans, the federation's executive director, said the current salaries are interesting but they only tell a part of the compensation story.

"We would like to see the development of their salaries because in a pay band or a ranking you can’t see that. Is there a five per cent increase or a three per cent increase?" Hans said.

The provincial government only requires departments and public bodies, such as universities or municipalities, to release information on salaries by pay bands.

She said contract talks with faculty associations at the three English-language universities are expected to start in the next year.

Hans said her organization also wants to know how much universities are paying for outside consultants and lawyers.

Stephen Spence, the president of the New Brunswick Student Alliance, said it's important for the universities to disclose the information.

"We like the transparency as far as the universities go," he said.

"We would like to see them to keep them accountable, but I’m not going to get into discussions about the value of how much a university president earns."

The student leader said he hopes the release of this information allows student groups, universities and the provincial government to find ways to better deliver post-secondary education.

"Every company can make improvements and that includes universities," Spence said.

"We will examine these numbers to see if we can find ways to suggest to universities to improve."