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Administrator pay cuts possible, Adams says


ATHENS - University of Georgia President Michael Adams says budget cuts next year could include pay reductions for top administrators, including himself.

"I think at some point anything's on the table," he said at a news conference Thursday.

Some legislators and student leaders have called on the University System of Georgia to help make up for a revenue shortfall by cutting administrators' pay.

State records show Adams is paid more than $600,000 a year.

University system officials came up with a list of cuts after legislators said the system might have to trim expenditures by $300 million in the 2011 fiscal year in addition to $265 million in cuts already planned in Gov. Sonny Perdue's budget.

Adams said university administrators have trimmed spending by more than $100 million over the past couple of years, and it's possible the UGA Athletic Association will chip in more for academics.

The Athletic Association, which has millions of dollars in reserve accounts, last year agreed to donate $2 million a year for three years.

Nonprofit leader faces several fraud charges

LAGRANGE - Authorities indicted a LaGrange woman Friday on federal charges of mail and wire fraud involving the nonprofit she headed.

Sharon L. Rice, 46, is accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from a nonprofit organization between February 2004 and May 2008.

The indictment accuses Rice, who served as executive director of the Medical Association of Atlanta, of making multiple payments to herself and using a Visa credit card to pay for personal expenses.

According to a news release from U.S. Attorney Sally Yates, Rice is believed to have falsified entries in the organization's books to conceal the scheme.

Rice faces 14 counts of wire fraud and two counts of mail fraud. If convicted, she could serve a maximum 20 years in prison and pay a $250,000 fine on each count.