Ball State president rewarded with pay raise

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Ball State University's president is getting a 3.5-percent pay raise months after her salary drew attention when deferred compensation and incentives pushed it to nearly $1 million.

Ball State's trustees on Wednesday approved increasing President Jo Ann Gora's base salary to about $446,000.

Board of Trustees President Hollis Hughes told The Star Press of Muncie that he believes Gora has made the 18,000-student university a better place and done outstanding work with the Legislature and donors.

Gora's pay came under question after a survey by the Chronicle of Higher Education listed her 2011-12 compensation at nearly $985,000, the fifth-highest nationally and far ahead of the presidents at Indiana and Purdue universities. Ball State attributed that amount mostly to some $500,000 in deferred compensation and retention incentives.

Gora has been Ball State's president since 2004.


  • Joke is Right!
    Yes, they are certainly over-bloated. All this, while at Purdue, they had a 1% across the board pay increase. Doesn't mean everyone got the 1%, however. Some got under that, some over. But, the average per employee was NOT to exceed 1%. Then, of course, Mitch got his $55,000+ bonus just for being hired. He asked all employees if they wanted to "donate" their raise to the student affordability fund. So, the employees can donate their meager raise so some student they don't even know or never even met can afford better to go to school there. Wow. That, and he accepts a big bonus for doing nothing but getting hired.
  • Joke is right!
    WOW - this must be a joke! BSU, IU, PU, etc. are partially funded by our tax dollars and it makes me angry to see such an over-bloated expense. No wonder higher education is the next house bubble! Time to audit all educational expenditures.
    • What a joke!
      Wow! This absolutely makes no sense to me. Someone please explain how she can be among the top 10 highest paid presidents, when her school is some publications is barely considered a mid-tier quality institution.

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