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GRU administration slightly smaller, but some are richer

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There might be fewer administrators after the consolidation of Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences universities earlier this year, but many department chairs got big raises in the bargain, according to an analysis by The Augusta Chronicle.

Overall spending on administration at Georgia Regents University declined by 2 percent after consolidation compared with the previous two administrations, but many of the department chairs received hefty raises, with one getting a bump of more than $70,000. Overall, more than $900,000 in raises were distributed, about two-thirds of it to former GHSU administrators.

About half of the administration, including GRU President Ricardo Azziz, received no raise, and only six faced a pay cut. The amount spent on administration declined from a combined $30.3 million to $29.8 million this year, which the school said is 3.8 percent of the overall budget, less than either school spent percentage-wise before consolidation. There were 20 fewer administrators overall, according to The Chronicle analysis.

In an e-mail to employees before complying with The Chronicle’s Open Records request for the salary data, Susan Norton, the vice president for human resources, acknowledged that the total administration salaries “remained relatively the same,” partly because of the raises. Many administrators “now provide greater coordination across the entire enterprise; (there was) the hiring of selected new administrators at market salaries; and increases in the salaries of several clinical administrators who increased their clinical productivity and revenue,” Norton wrote.

At the top of the heap in terms of money was Dr. Alvin Head, the chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, whose salary increased by $71,000 to $587,000 a year, more than Azziz makes. Dr. Sam Robinson got the biggest percentage increase – 45 percent – or $35,000 to $113,525 a year, to become interim dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. Dr. David Fulton got a $53,000 raise to $253,000 a year by becoming the director of the Vascular Biology Center after serving as interim director the previous year.

In her e-mail, Norton says that “almost half (47 percent) of the reported salaries are funded through clinical revenue” from the university’s health system “or other non-state revenue sources.”

In February, one of the boards that governs the university’s health system voted to provide additional money to its Medical Associates group for three departments critical to maintaining its trauma services – anesthesiology, radiology and the cardiothoracic division of the Department of Surgery. The health system contracts with the physician group to provide clinical and administrative services, but physicians in those areas often struggle to collect the professional fees that cover salaries, benefits and overhead costs, officials said at the time.

The new agreement was worth more than $500,000, they acknowledged during the vote, but initially refused to say exactly how much. A document obtained through an Open Records request shows that the health system agreed to cover losses up to $1.9 million for anesthesiology, up to $2,006,000 for cardiothoracic surgery and up to $4.8 million for radiology. The agreement also included stipend amounts for new hires, but the health system redacted those areas in the document provided to The Chronicle. It is unclear if any of those stipends resulted in raises to administrators. GRU spokeswoman Christen Carter said no one was available Friday to discuss the administration salaries.

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comet2u
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comet2u 04/13/13 - 08:34 am
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money always buys loyalty

it wasn't long ago that azziz told us how times were tough and he'd have to lay off non-essential and freeze hiring. it wasn't that long ago we were forced to take furlogh days for the good of the enterprise, yet some departartment doubled and new ones were formed. these raises go on like this every year at the top. pure bloat as it is impossible to recruit true talent hee, just look at who's running the show. thanks for keeping it real tom! if you graph the raise of these top folks over azziz's tenure of 5 years, you'll see some of these raises are like this each and year.

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Riverman1 04/13/13 - 02:37 pm
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"At the top of the heap in

"At the top of the heap in terms of money was Dr. Alvin Head, the chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, whose salary increased by $71,000 to $587,000 a year, more than Azziz makes."

Interesting...and this salary is based on local salaries?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/13/13 - 03:03 pm
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hmmmm

$587,000 a year...that tops your pay ..heh Riverman......maybe you should ck with Azziz....

my.voice
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my.voice 04/13/13 - 04:29 pm
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Hope the guy in the sign shop

Hope the guy in the sign shop is getting a bump, they have him burning the midnight oil.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/13/13 - 09:50 pm
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Grooo

It takes a talented sign painter to turn an A into to a grooo.

rperaza
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rperaza 04/13/13 - 11:58 pm
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#135

After all this money spent and we rank 135 out of 159 counties in Georgia in health???

rperaza
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rperaza 04/13/13 - 11:58 pm
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#135

After all this money spent and we rank 135 out of 159 counties in Georgia in health???

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 04/14/13 - 10:43 am
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Stevie Wonder

... could have seen this coming. In fact, most of the posters of the AC online community did, most voluably.

whoareyoupeople
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whoareyoupeople 04/14/13 - 02:26 pm
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Haves and Have Nots

While the proletariats get absolutely zilch, no raise in over four years, and with the budget cuts, nothing in sight this year. Yet, somehow, they manage to find funds for morter/brick, banners, and t-shirts. We should sell a couple of those brand new buses travelling from the "Somerville" campus to the downtown campus with no passengers and give it to the workers!

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 04/14/13 - 04:21 pm
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Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 04/14/13 - 03:56 pm
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The really disgusting thing is

how desperately important it is to pay top dollar for administrators but somehow it doesn't matter--or probably even register-- that those lords-of-all-they-survey make anywhere from 10 to 20 times as much money as the majority of employees who have almost as much education and every bit as many years of experience doing their jobs.

There is something really disgusting that so few people are making soooo much money while so many people don't get paid enough to live decently, and get treated by "the elect" as if they are no more important and as easily replaced as a screwdriver.

This is how unions came into being and how they got so powerful. But will the Bored of Regents or Azzizzz and the other azzizzes have a clue about this?

Don't count on it. In this economy, they can get away with treating the people who keep their operation going like they're foot-scrape.

For now.

WalterBradfordCannon
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WalterBradfordCannon 04/15/13 - 10:40 am
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Foo

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