AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - The merger of 2 Augusta colleges resulted in big pay raises for some department heads of the new Georgia Regents University.
The Augusta Chronicle reports an analysis of salary data obtained under the state Open Records Act shows overall spending on administration declined 2% when Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University merged this year. However, many department chairs received raises totaling more than $900,000.
One big recipient was Dr. Alvin Head, chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, who got a $71,000 raise. Dr. David Fulton, director of the Vascular Biology Center, got a raise of $53,000.
Susan Norton, the school's vice president for human resources, says raises were given to match market salaries for some administrators and to reward others for increased productivity.
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