Concordia student representatives raise concerns over university president's salary

October 12, 2012

News of Concordia University president Alan Shepard's compensation package has raised eyebrows among some student leaders sitting on the board of governors. The Montreal Gazette reports that Shepard's compensation entails a base salary of $357,000 a year plus several perks: eligibility for a performance bonus of up to 20% of the annual salary; a $4,200 per month housing allowance; and French classes for him and his family. "Administrators are paid quite a bit in institutions that are struggling for money," says the graduate student representative on Concordia's board. "This is a problem throughout Canada," says an undergraduate student representative. Universities say they need to pay market value for good administrators. The Gazette reports that McGill University principal Heather Munroe-Blum earned $369,250 in 2011 plus an additional $120,481 in compensation. University fiscal management has been a growing concern. In March, then-Quebec education minister Line Beauchamp fined Concordia $2 million over its severance package spending. The university recently adopted recommendations from an external audit on senior administrator settlements. Montreal Gazette