ANSUT releases report on rising NS university administration compensation

September 11, 2012

In October 2011, the Association of Nova Scotia University Teachers (ANSUT) sent FOI requests to Acadia, the Atlantic School of Theology, CBU, MSVU, NSCAD, StFX, SMU, and Université Sainte-Anne. ANSUT requested the salaries, bonuses, severances, and other monetary benefits given to the institutions' presidents, VPs, assistant/associate VPs, directors, and equivalent staff members outside of the bargaining units at the universities between 2004-05 and 2010-11. The data received was compiled in a report released yesterday, which states that "it is difficult to understand why in climates where faculty and support staff received salary increases between zero and four per cent, the compensation given to senior administrators should increase at double, triple, even 4 times that." The report states that the 8 surveyed universities collectively spent $16.4 million on salaries for the presidents, VPs, associate/assistant VPs, deans, and directors in 2010-11, an increase of 27% since 2004. ANSUT says to improve fairness and public accountability, the NS government could implement several additional legislative and policy measures over the life of the current MOU on university funding. The report recommends the province implement several measures, among them limiting the portion of a university's budget that can go to funding senior administrative expenses. Backgrounder | Full Report