Ball State president rewarded with pay raise

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.

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