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UNLV’s top salaries reported

Seven UNLV professors and administrators earned more than $200,000 in state salary last year, according to a Review-Journal analysis of payroll data.

Leading the pack at $248,000 was former UNLV President Carol Harter, now executive director of the university’s Black Mountain Institute, an international literary center.

In addition to her base salary, Harter received $87,000 in supplemental and deferred compensation. She also could earn a bonus of $250,000 if UNLV successfully completes an on-going $500 million capital campaign.

President David Ashley earned $237,000 in base salary last year and $170,000 in supplemental compensation from the UNLV Foundation.

UNLV presidents are employees of the state higher education system.

The next top earners at UNLV last year were School of Dental Medicine Dean Karen West, a new hire in 2007 who earned $218,700 in state money, and Senior Vice President of Finance and Business Gerry Bomotti who got $212,585, a 5 percent raise from the year before.

West’s hire was the latest in a series that has brought new deans to the university’s colleges of liberal arts, law, business and education.

Notable employees that got big pay hikes last year were Stuart Mann, dean of UNLV’s hotel college, whose salary was elevated by 11 percent, and Carolyn Yucha, dean of the nursing school, who got a 12 percent raise.

The median salary of college administrators and faculty nationwide both grew by about 4 percent last year, compared to the year before, according to the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

The newspaper’s payroll analysis also showed the university has been more resourceful in finding non-state funding sources to help pay salaries.

The data provided by the university included a breakdown of each employee’s salary by state and non-state funding sources, which include medical practices, research grants, and other sources.

The amount of non-state compensation for faculty and administration eclipsed $13 million last year.

That figure was $11 million in 2006.

Contact reporter Alan Maimon at amaimon@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0404.

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