Our story on the salaries paid university presidents in Nova Scotia is creating a lot of buzz.
story was picked up by other media outlets, from the Halifax
Chronicle-Herald to Macleans.ca. And dozens have left comments on our
We decided to publish the
salaries because university funding is a major issue in our province.
NSCAD is facing a multi-million dollar deficit and a possible merger,
tuitions are rising and the provincial government has told the schools
they'll be getting less money this year.
top of that, the Association of University Teachers says salary
increases for senior administrators are "out of step what is given to
faculty and support staff".
new legislation, beginning in September, universities will have to make
the information public. Getting it now wasn't easy. We had to
contact each of the 11 schools in the province - some were slow in
responding - and as of today (Friday) one, St. FX., is still refusing
to reveal what is pays President Sean Riley.
The salaries range from a low of $103,925 (Atlantic School of Theology) to $393,264 (Dalhousie University).
That information seems to have struck a nerve.
There is a vigorous debate going on in the
comments section of our story. The reaction ranges from "piggies at the
trough" to "if you compare these salaries to CEO's in the private
sector...these guys are a bargain".
If you haven't seen our list of salaries yet, check it out here
. And join the discussion. It's an important debate.