By the end of September, universities in the province will be required to disclose the salary of anyone who earns more than $100,000 a year.
The Nova Scotia government hopes this will improve accountability at a time when budgets are being chopped. Some other provinces already disclose this kind of information.
So let's start with university presidents. CBC News asked all 11 universities for the salary, not including benefits, for 2011-12, as well as the percentage increase over last year.
The results are in the table below. The order is by size of school based on enrolment.
|Dalhousie - Tom Traves|
No increase over last year.
|15,279 full-time students|
|Saint Mary's - Colin Dodds|
2.5% increase this year
|6,319 full-time students|
|St. Francis Xavier - Sean Riley|
Decrease from $305,360 (including bonus) in 2010
(Data obtained through FOI request)
|4,166 full-time students|
|Acadia - Ray Ivany|
No increase over last year
|3,476 full-time students|
|Cape Breton - John Harker|
1% increase over last year
|2,658 full-time students|
|Mount Saint Vincent - Ramona Lumpkin|
Salary difference not disclosedNote: Salary in 2009 was $69,423
|2,366 full-time students|
|King's College - Anne Leavitt|
New president, but same salary as last year's president
|1,159 full-time students (as of Jan. 17)|
|Nova Scotia Agricultural College - Leslie MacLaren and Bernie MacDonald (acting co-presidents)|
MacLaren: $131,000 (includes benefits)
MacDonald: $129,000 (includes benefits)
994 full-time students (as of Jan. 17)
|NSCAD - David B. Smith|
Salary difference not disclosed
|821 full-time students|
|Sainte-Anne - Allister Surette|
First year as president. Salary difference from last year not disclosed
|387 full-time students|
|Atlantic School of Theology - Eric Beresford|
3.9% increase over last year
|57 full-time students|
Note: Enrolment numbers are preliminary figures as of October 2011, from the Association of Atlantic Universities, except where noted.