Who are OU’s top earners? | New

When the Ohio University Board of Trustees in June approved a 2% raise pool for employees in the 2022-23 fiscal year, The Athens News decided to ask the university how much she paid some of her best people.

Jeff Boals, entering his fourth season as head coach of the Ohio men’s basketball program in 2022-23, is Ohio University’s highest-paid employee.

Last year, Boals was paid $699,709, but this season he will be paid about $7,000 less at $692,000, according to Ohio University spokeswoman Carly Leatherwood. His compensation package breaks down into a base salary of $592,000 plus an additional annual compensation of $100,000, for a total of $692,000. Leatherwood said Boals’ salary looked higher the previous year because of the furlough cut payback.

Leatherwood said the source of funding for Boals’ salary is the varsity athletics auxiliaries, which comes from the OU budget.

Last season, the Bobcats went 25-10.

Former OU president Duane Nellis received $662,248 before stepping down in 2021, according to Leatherwood. After a brief sabbatical, he returned to the classroom as a full professor in the Department of Geology in January 2022, where he remains an active full professor.

In fiscal 2022, Nellis provided transition support to the Office of the President and the Board of Directors and also provided public donor and public relations support, as well as teaching and speaking as as professor administrator of geography.

As of July 1, Nellis’ salary is $273,177, making him by far the highest-paid geography professor in the department, according to Leatherwood. Aside from Nellis, the highest base salary in the geography department is $103,423, which is paid to Professor Dorothy Sack for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The base salary of Edna Wangui, who chairs the geography department for 2022-23, is $94,223, plus she gets a tax increase for her duties as president of $21,000 – a total package of about $115,233. $.

It should be noted that Nellis received an annual housing allowance of $60,000 per year during his tenure as president between 2017 and 2021, according to an earlier report by The Athens News. Nellis and his wife, Ruthie, bought a house and land off Warren Road in south Athens for $650,000 in May 2017 that was to be used as the OU president’s primary residence during his term, also according to The Athens News archives. Under their contract, the first couple received a monthly allowance of $5,000 ($60,000 per year) to help pay for this accommodation.

Leatherwood said universities often provide or subsidize housing for their presidents because part of their job is to entertain and meet potential and existing donors, local officials, academic figures and other prominent figures.

Nellis is no longer receiving housing allowance, Leatherwood said.

Executive Dean and Director of Medical Affairs Kenneth Johnson received $579,711 in 2021. His salary increased by about $30,000 for the 2022-23 fiscal year to $610,000 according to Leatherwood.

OU President Hugh Sherman received $489,000 in the 2021-22 fiscal year. According to the university, when Sherman’s contract was renewed in June, he received a 2% raise ($9,780) for an annual salary of $498,780. Sherman does not receive a housing allowance.

Executive Vice President and Vice President Elizabeth Sayrs received $378,750 for the 2021-22 fiscal year. Sayrs’ base salary remains the same, however, she receives $399,528 for the 2022-23 fiscal year – an additional $21,000 to be included in reimbursement for the furlough cut that made her salary appear higher due to the time of payment.

When head football coach Frank Solich stepped down in July 2021, he was earning $464,054 according to the. university. For FY22-23, Solich works as Special Advisor to the Vice President for Advancement. His primary responsibility is to support fundraising efforts related to OU Football. His salary of $36,279 is 100% funded by The Ohio University Foundation.

Leatherwood said the current base salary for new OU head football coach Tim Albin is $545,700. As with Boals, the funding source for his salary comes from Intercollegiate Athletics Auxiliaries, a department of OU.

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